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Calendar of Upcoming Events

August 14, 2018 - Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
August 15, 2018 - Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
August 20, 2018 - Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot, and Doctor of the Church
August 21, 2018 - Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope
August 22, 2018 - Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 24, 2018 - Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
August 27, 2018 - Memorial of Saint Monica
August 28, 2018 - Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church
August 29, 2018 - Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist
September 3, 2018 – Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church (Labor Day, XSB Offices closed)
September 8, 2018 – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 14, 2018 – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 15, 2018 – Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
September 20, 2018 – Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest, and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs
September 21, 2018 – Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle, and evangelist
September 27, 2018 – Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest; Xavier Society for the Blind event at Old St. Pat’s (Join us! Event Link)
September 29, 2018 – Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

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Our First de Mello Phone Meditation

Our first Anthony de Mello Phone Meditation for our clients was hosted on Monday, July 30th. We had a total of 18 people join us that day for a series of guided meditations featuring the works of Anthony de Mello. You can listen to a recording of the session at - First de Mello Phone Meditation

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Malachy Fallon Interview on This is the Day

Malachy Fallon, our Executive Director, was interviewed by Bishop Robert Reed on the Catholic TV show, This Is the Day.

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Join Us for a Tour of The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

Please join board members and staff of Xavier Society for the Blind for a private tour of The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (Old St. Pat’s) famous catacombs and 1868 Henry Erben Pipe Organ (one of New York City’s historic gems and an American treasure). A reception to follow in the Basilica’s historic Parish House, featuring Italian wines and tastes of Little Italy.  Additional Tour Information

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Advisory Board Member on TV

Sharlene Kraft, one of our Advisory Board members was interviewed by a reporter from NET TV of the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese. Sharlene Kraft is blessed with her special calling, despite what would appear to be a difficult obstacle to overcome. Currents News Tim Harfmann has her story.  The reporter accompanied Sharlene to Mass and then interviewed her at home. NET TV Interview with Sharlene Kraft

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Latest Audio Additions as of June 14

- Mother of Christ Crusade’s Our Lady of Fatima Precious Little Book by Joao de Marchi (D1218): Published in 1947, this book contains the very important message of the Mother of Christ to the world. What happened in Fatima, Portugal proclaims the miracle. It is the presage of what the Immaculate Heart has prepared for the world.

- Gaudete Et Exsultate: Rejoice and Be Glad by Pope Francis (D7428): Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis on the call to holiness in today’s world.

- If I’m a Christian, Why Be a Catholic: The Biblical Roots of Catholic Faith by James Hanson (D1219): How the Bible supports the Catholic faith over just being a Christian.

- Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other? by Peter Kreeft (D1220): Kreeft invites the reader to explore often contentious issues with respect for both perspectives, and with genuine hope for resolution and reunion.

- Go into the Streets! The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis edited by Thomas P. Rausch, SJ and Richard R. Gaillardetz (D1221): This book calls on ten distinguished theologians to explore the ecclesial vision of the first pope from the global South. Key chapters also explore the tension between the church universal and local churches, Francis’ understanding of the importance of popular religion, and his particular vision of social justice.

- Growing Old Gratefully by William J. Byron, S.J. (D1222): As we reflect on our lives, we develop a personal spirituality that sustains us as we grow older. Far from shutting down our life and waiting for death, Growing Old Gratefully provides hope and presents a roadmap for navigating the challenges and adversities that are yet to confront us in the elder years. As Christians, it affirms that death is not what we are moving toward, it’s what we are coming from.

- Maximilian Kolbe: No Greater Love by Boniface Hanley (D1224): Kolbe was a deeply spiritual, heroic Franciscan priest, who in living the Gospel built a vast publishing network, worked for years in the missions, faced down the evils of Nazism and Communism, and who finally gave his life for another in the death camp at Auschwitz in 1941.

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Latest Braille Editions as of June 14

- Suffering by Paul Evely (B1617, 2 volumes): The mystery of human pain and deprivation cannot be understood by any philosophy; it can only be grasped by the religious spirit in relation to the suffering of Christ. Fr. Evely shows that what no philosophy can do - make suffering meaningful - can be done only by acceptance of the Christian message, an acceptance which is facilitated and abetted by his own rich insights.

- Why Be Catholic? Understanding Our Experience and Tradition by Richard Rohr and Joseph Martos (B1618, 4 volumes): The authors examine what it means to be Catholic in the United States today and present portraits of some outstanding Catholics, especially those we call saints, who have found personal fulfillment by living their faith to the utmost.

-The Power to Heal by Francis MacNutt (B1619, 4 volumes): Presents a balanced and sensible look at healing and healing prayer.

- Choosing Christ in the World: Directing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola According to Annotations Eighteen and Nineteen: Retreatants’ Edition by Joseph Tetlow, S.J. (B1620, 2 volumes): Fr. Telow offers guidance on preparing for the “Spiritual Exercises,” and for each of the retreat’s four weeks. And he provides practical advice for conducting conferences with retreatants, suggestions of scriptural passages particularly suited to prayer, and more. Choosing Christ in the World includes notes based on Fr. Tetlow’s own directorial experience.

- The Litany of the Sacred Heart by Mario Collantes (B1621, 1 volume): One of the four officially approved litanies in use in the Western rites of the Catholic Church used since the seventeenth century. It has been a valid instrument in nourishing and expressing the love of millions of devotees for Jesus, under the title of “Sacred Heart.”

- Beautiful Hope by Matthew Kelly (B1622, 2 volumes): We live in a culture that produces hopelessness with astounding consistency. When everything seems chaotic and we are faced with a multitude of negative realities, we might be tempted to say that nothing makes sense anymore. But we are not alone—God walks with us and his lively presence fills us with hope. And so we are able to smile in spite of our difficulties. Despair is defeated because God is among us. Hope does not disappoint!

- The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman’s Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends by Michele Faehnle and emily Jaminet (B1623, 3 volumes): Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet are busy wives, mothers, and volunteers. In the midst of their active lives, Faehnle and Jaminet found themselves missing their old friends and searching for new ones. They also realized that they needed to continually work to develop deep, meaningful relationships that would allow them to be themselves, to care for others and be cared for, and to deepen their Catholic faith.

- Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput (B1624, 5 volumes): A vivid critique of American life today and a guide to how Christians and particularly Catholics—can live their faith vigorously, and even with hope, in a post-Christian public square.

- A Rosary for Life: The Luminous Mysteries of Pope John Paul II by U.S.C.C.B. (B1625, 1 volume): Luminous mysteries of the Rosary by Pope John Paul II.

- Annulment, the Wedding that Was: How the Church Can Declare a Marriage Null by Michael S. Foster (B1631, 4 volumes): Question-and-answer format provides an overview of the marriage law of the Church and its implications. Meant for priests or anyone studying Religious Studies, etc.

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Platinum Seal of Transparency on Guidestar

We have been awarded the Platinum Seal (highest level) by Guidestar due to our commitment to transparency!

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We Have Moved!

We have relocated to new offices as of January 4th. Our new address
248 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001-2505

Our phone number will remain the same - 212.473.7800
Thank you for all your support!

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