September 2017 Newsletter
The days are getting shorter and the leaves on the trees are changing color here in New York, signalling it is officially the end of what was a great summer. Despite this, we are just gearing up here at Xavier Society for the Blind, for what looks to be an exciting and very busy Fall and Winter. We have lots of new additions to our braille and audio libraries listed below, and be sure to keep up with us on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for other book suggestions, current events, and important news!
Message from the Executive Director
It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I started as Executive Director of Xavier Society for the Blind! I have met so many wonderful people and have learned so much. I hope you have enjoyed our monthly newsletter and the stories and profiles of our many inspiring clients. These stories, and many others, have made a lasting impression on me and have helped me understand how Xavier Society for the Blind makes a difference in the lives of so many blind and visually impaired people each and every day!

I know that our board members, staff, and volunteers will continue to be inspired and strive to serve the blind and visually impaired community of faithful, offering our traditional materials and new resources as well. This month we are happy to announce two new offerings: the Catholic Catechism in Spanish, and audio recordings of contemporary academic lectures from Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture. I believe this further supports our mission ‘to provide the Word of God, and the best of Roman Catholic teaching and literature, spiritual and inspirational material, to blind and visually impaired persons of any faith’ and ‘to make that material more accessible and available to the widest possible audience of those in need.’ 

Once again, thank you for your support.
Gratefully yours,
Malachy Fallon
St. Lucy Mass
Caption: Father Jamie Dennis blessing a nun at the 2016 St. Lucy Mass
We cordially invite all patrons and friends of Xavier Society for the Blind to join us at 10 a.m. on December 13th in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick's Cathedral for our annual St. Lucy Mass. We will provide both braille and large print Propers of the Mass for anyone who needs them. For the second year in a row we are blessed to have Father Jamie Dennis of Owensboro, Kentucky celebrate the Mass. Father Jamie is also a braille patron of ours. If you would like any more information please get in touch with us at or by calling us at 212-473-7800.
Lectures from Fordham University

We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, our audiobook library now has available various contemporary lectures for our patrons in our circulating library and on our website to download. Many thanks to Fordham University's Center for Religion and Culture (C.R.C.) for its cooperation! To stream these lectures with video please follow this link . If you would like to request any of these, please get in contact with us!

-And Justice For All? The Promise of Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic World (D1170)

-Catholic Teenagers: Faith At Risk? Do New Findings Reveal a Time of Renewal--Or a Massive Generational Failure? (D1190)

-Becoming Latino: The Transformation of U.S. Catholicism (D1191)

-What Rules America: Money, Morals or Myth? (D1192)

-Call and Response: How American Catholic Sisters Shaped the Church Since Vatican II (D1193)
¡Algo Nuevo!

Another new and exciting addition to our circulating audio library is the Spanish Catechism which we added in response to popular demand from our patrons. Based upon our collective institutional memory, this is the first time we have offered anything in Spanish! If you would like to request " Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica ", please get in touch!

Caption: Our XSB library now has the Catechism of the Catholic Church en español.
NYN MarkCon
Caption: Nancy Miller from VISIONS moderated a very informative panel at NYN MarkCon
In mid-September, XSB's Coordinator of Communications and Fundraising, Aisling Redican attended the NYN's (New York Non-Profit ) 3rd annual MarkCon at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan. The conference highlighted various ways to modify and enhance marketing strategies to get a Non-Profit's "brand" front and center in a world where these organizations and their missions are around every corner. An informative panel on staying ahead of the technology curve and social media was moderated by our friend Nancy Miller from VISIONS Services for the Blind ! Nancy also challenged the panel and the audience with questions on their respective Non-Profit's website accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. She even gave Xavier Society for the Blind a shout-out! Thank you to Nancy for the great advice you shared with us and for all you do with VISIONS for the blind and visually impaired.
Patron Profile: Lynn K.
Lynn has been a braille patron since the 1980s. Along with her husband Dennis, she has participated in past events such as our St. Lucy Mass and Pilgrimage to Ireland. Lynn is also a very talented pine needle basket maker. We are grateful to have her as a patron! Be sure to check out our other patron profiles on our website, which you can access by clicking here :

Caption: Lynn (right) has been a patron and great friend to Xavier Society for the Blind since the 1980s.
In the mid-1980s a Catholic friend told me about Xavier Society for the Blind (XSB) and gave me the phone number. I called and soon became an XSB client receiving various magazines on tape and in braille. In 2002 I visited XSB with my husband and we gave a donation in appreciation of all your good work. Later I donated a pine needle basket I had made to be used in a silent auction fund raiser for XSB. 

Years later when speaking with Christine of the XSB staff, I mentioned to her that one of the things on my “bucket list” was to hear Cardinal Timothy Dolan speak in person at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Six months later I received a call from Christine asking me if I could come to New York from California to participate in a St. Lucy’s Mass on Sunday December 13, 2015. My husband and I flew to New York. I brought up the gifts and gave them to Cardinal Dolan during the mass. I was so nervous and I’ll always remember how kind and reassuring he was. After mass, Christine had arranged as a surprise for me to meet personally with Cardinal Dolan and have my photograph taken with him. He was surprised to learn how far I had traveled to participate in this Mass. 

In April of 2016 my husband and I made a Pilgrimage to Ireland with (former Executive Director of XSB) Father John Sheehan along with other clients of XSB. It was inspiring to have a Mass every day, talk about our Catholic faith and learn how XSB had been so helpful to all of us through the years by providing Catholic literature in accessible form. I enjoyed seeing and touching so many religious monuments, learning about the history of each of the sacred Catholic sites and the life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.   

I continue to receive braille materials from XSB along with their e-mail newsletter. XSB has become an important part of my spiritual life and I encourage all of my Catholic visually impaired friends to join me in helping support the valuable work of the Xavier Society for the Blind.

**As mentioned above, Lynn is a wonderful pine needle basket maker. If you would like to know more about how she creates these beautifully intricate works of art she has a website which you can visit by clicking here.
Caption: Lynn working on a basket while her Guide Dog, Daretta, rested by her side.

For anyone who will be in the NYC area on October 21st, Our Lady of Angels Church in the Bronx will be having their 9th annual Mass for People With Disabilities at 11 a.m. If you are in town, be sure to go! The address is 2860 Sedgwick Avenue Bronx, NY 10468.

To get there by Mass transit:
-Take the 4 train to Bedford Park Boulevard, Lehamn College
-Take the Bx3 bus to Sedgwick Ave/W 229 St.
-Take the Bx22 bus to Goulden Ave/Reservoir Ave

Call ahead to let them know if you would like to attend: (718) 548-3005.
Mass for People With Disabilities
Hot Off the Shelves!

For patrons interested in some of our most recent titles, we have braille and audio materials to meet your every need!

BRAILLE - Please let us know if you would like any of these braille titles in BRF, and we make them available to download from the website as requested! It saves on the cost of braille paper and is not as labor intensive. Thank you in advance!

- Women In the Old Testament   by Irene Nowell (B1580, 4 volumes):  The women in the Old Testament, too long invisible, have rich stories that are vital to the on-going revelation of God's relationship with a covenant people. Here, readers meet mothers and wives, queens and slaves, prophets and warriors, powerful women and victims; women whose stories offer us courage and insight.  

- Before I Sleep...The Last Days of Dr. Tom Dooley by James Monahan (B1584, 3 volumes): This book about the man who dedicated his life to helping the sick and the poor of southeastern Asia includes recollections of the people who were with Dr. Dooley from the time of his cancer operation in August, 1959, to his death in January, 1961.

**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT : For our braille clients interested in fiction, please note that we have  Contrition by Maura Weiler (B1476, 5 volumes). It is the story of twin sisters, one a cloistered nun and one a painter, who were separated at birth. They reconnect through art, faith and their father who touched the world through his paintings.

We also have:
- Dear Pope Francis by Pope Francis and the Children of the World (B1462, 1 volume): A compilation of letters from children around the world written to Pope Francis and his responses to them which can be accompanied with the print version of the book so the sighted can read along!

- Meister Eckhart's Sermons   by Meister Eckhart (D1171):  This is a collection of seven sermons of Meister Eckhart, the German medieval (circa 13th century) scholastic philosopher-theologian, which were translated by Claude Field and published with a Preface in approximately 1909.

- On Union With God  by Blessed Albert the Great (D1172):  Albert the Great's work on how in this life one can become in Union with God and details how God lives within each and everyone of us. To become closer we must go into ourselves and reflect on God. The first necessary step is to shut out the distractions of the world and cleave to Christ.

- Saint John Of The Cross: From His Birth to the Start of the Carmelite Reform  by Fr. Paschasius Heriz (D1173):  The humble beginnings and early life of the man who the Church would name as the mystic doctor of the Church. St. John's life is sure to be edifying and inspirational to Catholic Families trying to raise Saints, and Catholics who desire to live an authentic Christian life like that of our forefathers.

- The Fruits of the Holy Ghost  by Rev. D. Chisholm (D1174):  Learn about the Fruits of the Holy Ghost (Charity, Joy, Chastity, etc.) taken from the lives of the Saints, holy writings and parables. The excerpts are taken from the Catechism in Examples which was a book that became widely popular over the entire English speaking Catholic world.

- The Orthodox Faith by St. John of Damascus (D1175): The Orthodox Faith is the epitome of the writings of the Early Greek Fathers. Written just before the last of the truly Ecumenical Councils (787 AD), St. John of Damascus remains to this day, the last of the Eastern theologians whole-heartedly received by the West.

- The Crusades by Professor Christopher Bellitto, Ph.D. (D1180): Glorified in its time, the Crusades are now seen as a troubling chapter of world history. Like all historical events, however, the Crusades cannot be viewed in black and white terms. This course looks at the Crusades through the eyes of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, coming to understand the importance of the Holy Land to all three groups.

Books for Every Season

Next month heralds the Memorials of the Guardian Angels, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, and many more. Here are some books for these occasions!

- The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi   by Brother Ugolino (B0956, 3 volumes): In the first new English translation in 30 years, readers are offered details of the saint's conversion and deeply personal meditations in clear, modern English.

- The Angels and Us  by Mortimor J. Adler (B1495, 4 volumes): Written several years ago, before the current interest in angels, this book speculates on the existence of angels; why Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe in angels, and the ways angels have been viewed as objects of religious belief and philosophical thought. It is a wonderfully enlightening work on the affinities between angels and human beings.

- Francis and Clare: Saints of Assisi by Helen Walker Homan (B1167, 2 volumes):   Homan tells the stories of the lives of Francis and Clare of Assisi and their centuries-long influence on the whole world through their radical living of the Gospel and founding of two great religious orders.

Saint Francis of Assisi  by G.K. Chesterton (B0961, 2 volumes):  Story of the life of Saint Francis told by the classic author, G.K. Chesterton.

- A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary   by August Derleth (B1515, 3 volumes):  The Benedictine tradition and practice of divine reading made accessible for everyone.

- Prayers written by St. Francis of Assisi  by St. Francis of Assisi (B1506, 1 volume): Prayers written by St. Francis of Assisi.

- Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones   by Scott Hahn (D1135):  Dispels traditional notions of angels and saints, telling stories of several and explaining that we need to be more like the saints if we want to live in heaven someday. Dr. Hahn shows us that our heavenly life can begin now

- The Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi  by Brother William Short OFM (D1165):  This was previously published under the title "The Treasure of a Poor Man: St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan Spirituality." This is a second edition with completely re-recorded and updated lectures.

- Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine  by Pope Benedict XVI (D6026): Biographical history of the Apostolic Fathers of the Early Church. Figures include Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyon. Benedict also discusses such great Christian figures as Tertullian, Origen, and Cyprian of Carthage, the Cappadocian Fathers, as well as the giants John Chrysostom, Jerome, Augustine, Leo the Great, and Benedict of Nursia.

- 33 Days to Morning Glory  by Fr. Michael Gaitley (D0950): Do-It-Yourself Retreat in preparation for Marion Consecration. Fr. Gaitley summarizes the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II, summarizing them and making them easy to grasp and simple to put into practice.

- The Apostolic Fathers   by Donald Wuerl (D9099):  Picture of the Church presented by early Christian writers; focuses on Clement, Ignatius of Antioch, and Polycarp.

- The Peace of Saint Francis by Maria Sticco (D0328):   Life of the beloved Saint of Assisi.
Ways You Can Help!
Since 1900 we have been providing religious and spiritual materials to the blind and visually impaired in their required formats in order for them to be able to learn about, understand, and practice their Faith. Some of our braille books in particular can often cost upwards of $500, taking up to 6 months to produce. Yet on a weekly basis, Xavier Society for the Blind ships reading materials to people all over the United States and throughout the world. Please help us continue this important ministry by sending your gift today. 

Donate securely on our website by  clicking here . If you wish to donate, but prefer to do it over the phone you can always call our office at (212) 473-7800  or (800) 637-9193.

Masses may be said at your request not only when someone dies but also to celebrate a special event. And the stipend for the Mass card helps support the work of Xavier Society for the Blind. If you are a client or would like to send one to someone who reads braille, we can also do a braille overlay on the Mass card. Call us at (212) 473-7800 or email us at  for more information.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

October 2, 2017 - Memorial of the Guardian Angels

October 4, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

October 7, 2017 - Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 9, 2017 - Columbus Day (XSB offices closed)

October 17, 2017 - Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

October 18, 2017 - Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist

October 19, 2017 - Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues,
Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

October 28, 2017 - Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

October 31, 2017 - Halloween
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