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Digital Talking Books are here!

We are pleased to announce that our conversion to digital talking book format is now complete and we have added some popular titles on cartridge to our library! Please note, at present there is limited availability of these titles in digital talking book, and it is on a first come, first served basis.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions as we are all looking forward to serving many more patrons in new and innovative ways!

New to our library in Digital Talking Book format:

- The Confessions of Saint Augustine translated by John K. Ryan (DBX7100): Heartfelt, incisive, and timeless, The Confessions of Saint Augustine has captivated readers for more than fifteen hundred years. Retelling the story of his long struggle with faith and ultimate conversion - the first such spiritual memoir ever recorded - Saint Augustine traces a story of sin, regret, and redemption that is both deeply personal and, at the same time, universal

- Dagger John: Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America by John Loughrey (DBX1227): The story of John Hughes, son of Ireland, friend of William Seward and James Buchanan, founder of St. John’s College (now Fordham University), builder of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, pioneer of parochial-school education, and American diplomat.

- Angels of God, Our Guardians Dear: Today’s Catholics Rediscover Angels by Mary Drahos (DBX1205): Captivating stories of angels at work in the lives of the saints. Inspiring accounts of angels intervening in the lives of people today.

- A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century by Paul Kengor (DBX1203): In this fascinating book, Kengor reveals a singular bond which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the twentieth century: Soviet communism.

- The Gospel of John: A Bible Study Course by Rev. Donald Senior (DBX1198): Explore this powerful portrayal of Jesus with Rev. Donald Senior, one of the world’s top biblical scholars, as your personal teacher. You will assess the remarkable philosophical and theological understanding John kindled. Inspiring and beautifully written, the Gospel of John will move you to encounter the Word of God anew.

- Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints by James Martin, SJ (DBX0835): By meditating on personal examples from the author’s life, as well as reflecting on the inspirational life and writings of Thomas Merton, stories from the Gospels, as well as the lives of other holy men and women (among them, Henri Nouwen, Therese of Lisieux and Pope John XXIII) the reader will see how becoming who you are, and becoming the person that God created, is a simple path to happiness, peace of mind and even sanctity.

- A Book of Quiet Prayer: for all the Seasons, Stages, Moods, and Circumstances of Life by William J. Byron, SJ (DBX0808): Invites us to let God touch our lives wherever we may be, in whatever age or state of mind, and in all imaginable circumstances.

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Interactive Lenten Reflections sessions

On March 13th we launched our interactive Lenten Reflections based on the teachings of Anthony de Mello.

Each of these sessions were inspired by the content of the Gospel for the preceding Sunday in Lent. The reflections from Wellsprings provided a 5 to 10 minute guided meditation. This introduced the longer 10 to 15 minute devotional and imaginative prayer exercises of Sadhana followed by a concluding discussion. The combination of de Mello guided meditations, exercises and discussion was fertile ground for new, liberating, insightful understanding of the Lenten Liturgical themes. All links to the Sunday readings were from the website of The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

If you were unable to make the live sessions, don’t worry! We recorded the sessions for you to listen to afterwards. Your feedback and comments are appreciated!

Session 1 - Wednesday, March 13th at 3 PM Eastern
Lenten Liturgical Theme: “When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.” Lk. 4:1-13
Playback:
From the webhttps://fccdl.in/stZtLveX09
From your phone - (712) 770-4752 Access code: 942796#  Reference number (include pound sign after) 29#

Session 2 - Wednesday, March 20th at 3 PM Eastern
Lenten Liturgical theme: “Master it is good that we are here.” Lk. 9:23b-36
Playback:
From the webhttps://fccdl.in/wuKpLCU5qJ
From your phone - (712) 770-4752 Access code: 942796#  Reference number (include pound sign after) 33#

Session 3 - Wednesday, March 27th at 3 PM Eastern
Lenten Liturgical theme
: “Unless you repent you too will perish.” Lk. 13:1-9
Playback:
From the webhttps://fccdl.in/QsrEj42f6V
From your phone - (712) 770-4752 Access code: 942796#  Reference number (include pound sign after) 36#

Session 4 - Wednesday, April 3rd at 3 PM Eastern
Lenten Liturgical theme: “Your brother was dead and has come to life again….He was lost and has been found.” Lk. 15:1-3, 11-32
Playback:
From the webhttps://fccdl.in/92eM5fx9q2
From your phone - (712) 770-4752 Access code: 942796#  Reference number (include pound sign after) 39#

Session 5 - Wednesday, April 10th at 3 PM Eastern
Lenten Liturgical theme: “Woman, has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir.” “Then neither will I,” said Jesus. Jn. 8:1-11
Playback:
From the web​ - https://fccdl.in/1CxUovGUgP
From your phone - (712) 770-4752 Access code: 942796# Reference number (include pound sign after) 42#

Session 6 - Wednesday, April 17th at 3 PM Eastern
Lenten Liturgical theme: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away…. Still, not my will but yours be done.” Lk. 22: 14-56
Playback:
From the web​ - https://fccdl.in/399FbHnguM
From your phone - (712) 770-4752 Access code: 942796# Reference number (include pound sign after) 46#


If you have any questions please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We hope you can join us! Thank you for your interest in this new offering from the Xavier Society for the Blind.

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Article in “Chicago Catholic”

Chicago Catholic, the diocesan newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago recently profiled our braille patron Pam and highlighted the materials we provide in Chicago and beyond! Make sure to check out the article by clicking here.

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Braille patron Andrea in “The Arlington Catholic Herald”

In case you missed it, our braille patron Andrea was profiled in The Arlington Catholic Herald, the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Arlington! This fascinating young lady LOVES to lector and receives our monthly Propers of the Sunday Mass enabling her to do so. Hard to believe she is only 17! Check out the inspiring article and the podcast that she also featured in by clicking here.

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Sessions on awareness and meditations based on the teachings of Tony de Mello

In 2018, we undertook a project with Desmond Towey and Fr. Leo Daly, SJ to develop an interactive series of meditation and awareness sessions for our clients. Des and Fr. Leo are trustees of the de Mello Spirituality Center. In the spirit of Fr. Tony, the de Mello Center presents, through books, recordings, articles, and conferences, spiritual themes and exercises designed to enrich and transform your life. We have concluded the current series and would like to thank all those who participated. Please pay attention to your email for future sessions.

For anyone who missed out on our previous sessions, or if you would like to listen again, you may do so either with your internet connected device or via phone.

Direct Access via internet connected device:

de Mello First Session: Experience God’s Power and God’s Love

de Mello Second Session: Speak to God about this Body He has Given You

de Mello Third Session: Hear the Song the Angels Sang When You Were Born

de Mello Fourth Session: Begin to Discover Who You Are

de Mello Fifth Session: Find Out What Makes People Happy

de Mello Sixth Session: Locate the Source of Joy Within You

Access via phone:

The playback number is (712) 770-4752

Access code: 942796#

de Mello First Session is Reference Number 8

de Mello Second Session is Reference Number 16

de Mello Third Session is Reference Number 14

de Mello Fourth Session is Reference Number 19

de Mello Fifth Session is Reference Number 23

de Mello Sixth Session is Reference Number 26

We recently added Fr. Tony’s books Wellsprings and Sadhana to our audio library on Mp3 disc (and we are working to make it available on digital talking book in the near future). If you would like to request these, please let us know and we can send them to you.  Thanks again for your ongoing support of this new initiative from Xavier Society for the Blind! 

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Stream our 2018 St. Lucy Mass

We are happy to announce that we live streamed the
St Lucy Mass on
December 13 via YouTube. The link is
St. Lucy Mass Stream

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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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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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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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