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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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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 is inspired by the content of the Gospel for the preceding Sunday in Lent. The reflections from Wellsprings provide a 5 to 10 minute guided meditation. This introduces 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 is fertile ground for new, liberating, insightful understanding of the Lenten Liturgical themes. All links to the Sunday readings are from the website of The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For those joining us by telephone:
Dial-in number (US): (712) 770-5253
Access code: 942796#
International dial-in numbers:

For those joining us by computer:
Join the online meeting:
Online meeting ID: xaviersociety

If you cannot make the live sessions, don’t worry! We will be recording the sessions for you to listen to afterwards. Here’s the run down:

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
From the web
From your phone - (712) 770-4752 Access code: 942796#  Reference #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

Session 3 - Wednesday, March 27th at 3 PM Eastern
Lenten Liturgical theme
: “Unless you repent you too will perish.” Lk. 13:1-9

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

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

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

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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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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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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