our lady OF
A Center for Reconciliation
410 NH Route 4A - PO Box 420
Enfield, NH 03748
Office hours, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.,
WELCOME to La Salette of Enfield, NH
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Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
(Note: No Mass July 7, 13, 14, 15, 28)
minutes before the weekend Mass
Or call at any time to see if a priest is available.
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)
GIFT SHOP SUMMER HOURS
Noon to 4:00
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 to 4:00
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INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Open daily, 10:30-4:00.
updated July 30, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)
2015 Summer Program
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size) pdf version of our 2015 brochure is
Shrine devotions every Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
All events are on Sundays, at 2:00
p.m. There is no admission fee; freewill offerings are
“Reconciliation and Illness,” Mrs. June Partridge, Mrs. Sharon
Markowitz, Fr. René Butler, M.S.
|June and Sharon are both well
known to Shrine "regulars." Long-time
La Salette Associates, they are often seen helping
in a variety of Shrine activities (cafeteria
hospitality, lectors, etc.).
Both are retired nurses,
having worked in different fields at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center. They had the opportunity to bring a
reconciling spirit into that environment, as well as
witness striking examples of reconciliation there.
They will also share moments
of reconciliation in dealing with illness in their own
Healing Service, with Fr. Marc Montminy
|Fr. Marc Montminy is Pastor
St. Michael parish in
Exeter, New Hampshire. He was for many years Pastor
at Sainte Marie parish in Manchester. His experience
with the Charismatic Renewal began in his seminary
years. In 1995 he, together with Sr. Mary Anne
Laughlin SND, opened Joseph House retreat
center and house of prayer in Manchester.
September 18, 19 and 20:
Triduum in honor of Our Lady of La Salette
|Friday, September 18, 6:30
p.m.: Mass and Candlelight Procession, followed
by a social
Saturday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.: Mass and
Candlelight Procession, with La Salette Associates'
renewal of promises
Sunday, September 20, 11:00 a.m.: Mass,
Procession, and Hillside Devotions, Most Rev. John
McCormack, Bishop Emeritus of Manchester, presiding.
Beginning September 29: Life in the
|Our Lady of La Salette
Prayer group will present a LIFE IN THE
SPIRIT SEMINAR at the La Salette Shrine for
six consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning
Tuesday September 29 through November 3 from 7PM
to 8:45 PM. Each week the presentations will
begin in the Chapel at 7PM and move to the
cafeteria for discussions ending at 8:45.
Following are the presentations and speakers.
Sept. 29th—God’s Love
by Fr. Roger Plante, M.S.
Oct. 6th—Salvation by Madeline Kelley
Oct. 13th—New Life by Kaye Mirski
Oct. 20th—Receiving God’s Gift by Lisa
Oct. 27th—Holy Mass, Praying for Release
of the Holy Spirit, Celebrant, Fr. René Butler,
Nov. 3rd—Growth & Transformation by Mark
The Life in the Spirit
seminars are designed as an introduction to a
life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They
provide an opportunity for people to find out
more about that life, and to be helped in taking
the first steps of a new relationship with the
Lord. For those who are not Christians at all,
they can serve as an introduction to
Christianity and a time to make a first
commitment to Jesus Christ. For those who are
already Christians, they offer help in a fuller
release of the Holy Spirit to live a deeper
There is no charge but an
offering to the shrine is appreciated. Any
questions and for further information call
Madeline Kelley at 603.632.5069.
reflection on Sunday readings
Note: To understand these reflections, two things would be helpful:
at the readings for the Sunday indicated (for example, using the
following web site:
http://www.usccb.org/bible and clicking on the
in the calendar);
2) being familiar with the story and
message of Our Lady of La Salette (click
here to open a pdf page).
reflections are in calendar order.
July 26, 2015: Recognizing the Signs (2
Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15)
St. John tells us that when the people “saw the sign” that
Jesus had done in the multiplication of the loaves and fish,
they said, “This is truly the Prophet,” meaning the Messiah.
The two children at La Salette saw and heard the Beautiful
Lady, but they didn’t “see the sign.” In other words, they
didn’t recognize who the Lady was. So, who did?
The first was an elderly lady of the tiny hamlet where the
children were staying. Known as “Mother Caron,” she was the
mother of Mélanie’s employer. After hearing Maximin and Mélanie
tell what had happened up on the mountainside, she exclaimed,
“Children! You have seen the Blessed Virgin!” The “sign” for her
was the way in which Mary had spoken of her “Son.” Later, the
Church confirmed her intuition.
La Salette abounds in signs for those who can see them. The
light in which Our Lady appeared—of which she herself was
made—is the eternal light of heaven. The brighter light around
her head is the glory she now shares with Jesus. Her tears are
her love both for her Son and for her people who have abandoned
him. Her garments which, for all their brightness and special
features, are the same as Mélanie’s, show that she is one of us,
one with us. The roses she wears evoke the mysteries of the
Rosary, i.e., the life of Jesus and her own, more one life than
two. The chains around her shoulders are the pains which she
says she has taken for us. And, above all, that crucifix! The
image of her suffering Son, resting on her heart, the two united
in love beyond all telling, the most eloquent sign of why she
came on that September day in 1846.
It happens in every life that we discover or notice
something for the first time. It can be the beauty of the
universe, or the expressiveness of the human voice, etc., etc.
Once we have recognized the signs, we find that reality
The signs of La Salette, the sign that is La Salette, have
one purpose: to help us recognize just how much we are loved:
loved by Mary our Mother, Jesus our Brother, God our Father—and
then see their love everywhere!
August 2, 2015: Bread and Life (Exodus
16:2-15; Ephesians 4:17-24; John 6:24-35)
When Maximin and his father went to see the blighted wheat
at the “Corner Field,” (my translation of La Terre du Coin), Mr.
Giraud’s heart sank. On their way home he gave the boy some
bread and said, “Eat some bread while we still have it this
year, because I don’t know who will eat any next year if the
wheat keeps up like that.”
When we pray for our daily bread, we are asking God to
provide our most basic needs. In many cultures, bread is
symbolic of survival. One who supports a family is a
“breadwinner.” Depriving someone of a livelihood is “taking the
bread out of his mouth.” The Bible often refers to bread as a
staff, something we lean on, rely on, and punishment by famine
is called “breaking the staff of bread” (see, for example,
This all comes very close to saying that bread and life are
one and the same. So when Jesus calls himself “the bread of
life” he is speaking not only of the bread that gives life or
the bread that is essential for life, but also of the bread that
In English we might describe a person who is especially
helpful, generous, and so on, as “kindness itself.” St. Paul
writes that Christ “is our peace” (Ephesians 3:14), and Jesus
proclaims, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). Jesus also
calls himself “life” in the famous expression, “I am the way,
and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He identifies himself
with what he gives.
Mary at La Salette spoke of wheat and potatoes. Without
these, all the local people, just like Maximin’s father, felt
their very existence was threatened.
She drew a parallel between the famine that loomed before
them and the spiritual starvation that they had lived with for
some time. And she offered the solution to both. Her message is
a paraphrase of St. Paul’s words: “You should put away the old
self of your former way of life.”
She used the word “submit.” If her people would turn back to
her Son—remember, his yoke is easy, his burden light (Matthew
11:13)—and submit to him who is our bread of life, our bread
and life, giving us what he is, they would truly live.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
We announced earlier
the passing of Fr. Eugene Barrette, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut) on July 6 at the age of 75. Because
he was Superior General of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La
Salette from 1982 to 1988, he had the right to request burial on
the Holy Mountain of La Salette in France, alongside some of the
very first La Salette Missionaries and other Superiors General.
We have received the following announcement:
July 25, 2015, a Memorial Liturgy will be celebrated for
Father Eugene Barrette, M.S. at 4:00 pm in the Basilica of
Our Lady of La Salette, at La Salette, France. Rev. Silvano
Marisa, M.S., Superior General, will be the main celebrant.
Rev. Bernard Baris, M.S. will preach the homily. All the
members of the General Council will be present, as well as
the members of the local community, and Father Louis de
Pontbriand, Provincial Superior of France, and the members
of the PPP [ = younger members taking part in the "Perpetual
Profession Program," preparing to take their final vows in
the coming months].
Following the Liturgy, the cremated remains of Father Gene
will be interred in the mausoleum of the Missionaries of La
Salette at the Shrine.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Fr. Peter Dauphinais, M.S., Fr. Richard Delisle, M.S. and Fr.
Donald Paradis, M.S. (all of Attleboro, MA) have all been
admitted to the hospital recently for a variety of ailments and
Rhéaume, M.S., Director of the La Salette Community here in
Enfield, who deeply appreciates your prayerful support as he
continues his recovery. His progress is encouraging, but
Jean Demers, a member of the Enfield
La Salette Associates and a very active member in St. Helena
parish in Enfield. She has gone from strength to strength, but
is not ready to be removed from our prayer list just yet.
Patricia Tamagini, long-time friend of La Salette
(especially of the late Fr. Leo Maxfield, M.S.) continues
her fight against cancer. Recent radiation treatments have
stopped the spread of the cancer. She asks her friends to keep praying
particularly to Fr. Max.
our Sunday devotions in the summer, the prayer
intentions left at the feet of the statue of Our Weeping Mother
in the Shrine Chapel are read aloud during the recitation of the
Rosary. Year round, after remaining a week
or two in the Shrine Chapel,
the intentions are brought across the street to the La Salette Community Chapel in the
"North House," where they are kept for many weeks. Our La Salette Associates will often take them as
well, in order to pray for them at home.
We are faithful in praying for all our pilgrims, visitors, friends and
benefactors, and invite you to join us in
doing the same.
Our Lady of La Salette Chapel
The Shrine Chapel has a character
that fits the setting. Its rustic simplicity mirrors the simple
and quiet beauty of the surrounding countryside and Lake
Wagon wheel lighting reminds all pilgrims that the life
journey they are on is slow and steady and that God is calling
The old wooden pews provide just enough comfort to
prevent our minds from wandering but not
enough to distract us from the journey.
Gift Shop ~ 603-632-4301
Manager - Brother David Carignan, MS
La Salette Gift Shop offers a
variety of religious articles of varying prices to accommodate
all of life's special occasions that you would want to honor
with the depth of the sacred: statues, crucifixes, rosaries,
religious jewelry, Nativity figures and more. We carry a wide
selection of books and music as well.
The La Salette Cross
The children to whom Mary appeared
at La Salette, France, on September 19, 1846, described the
crucifix on Mary's breast as more radiant than anything else in
A hammer hung on one side and pincers on the other.
Although Mary did not explain the significance of these
implements, it is thought that the hammer represents sin, which
nailed Jesus to the Cross. Just as the pincers removed the
nails, penance and prayer help us reconcile the world to God.
Around the world, the La Salette Cross has become the
characteristic symbol of Mary's message to be reconciled to God.
The Cafeteria has a
fully equipped kitchen. Food service is available during the
Christmas Light season and for our programs.
The Cafeteria & Program Center is largely used for day
retreat groups and hosts a variety of civic groups. These
groups need to contact us far enough in advance to secure its
use. A donation is requested.
La Salette Shrine is located on the shores of Lake
Mascoma, on Route 4A in Enfield, New Hampshire.
The Shakers (see "The Miracle of Enfield" below) called
this patch of heaven "Chosen Vale." Mascoma's blue waters mirror
the birch, pine, and maple that populate the surrounding hills
and mountains and give this valley a unique beauty the year
'round. It is no surprise that the spirit jumps into prayer once
Last Supper Reconciliation Chapel
A small A-frame chapel is located on the edge of our
property. Besides the Nativity Exhibit, it contains a beautiful wood carving of the Last
Supper. It is used especially during the Christmas lights
season, for children (and others) to write a Birthday Card to
On the hill is located the Pavilion. The Pavilion which
seats approximately 80 is used as a place for prayer services,
music and relaxation.