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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.,
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(Note: No Mass July 7, 13, 14, 15, 28)
minutes before the weekend Mass
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updated July 6, 2015 (Reflection,
2015 Summer Program
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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
JJuly 19: Concert of “Fr. Pat,” followed by a Healing Service
has been a regular visitor to La
Salette of Enfield at Christmas time, but we are
delighted to have back this year also for a summer
concert. His music ministry has inspired thousands
over the years.
The concert will last
about 45 minutes and, after a short break, will be
followed by a healing service. This too is a
ministry through which Fr. Pat has touched the lives
of so many people.
NOTE: This is not a Mass
“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
August 16: Healing Service, with Fr. Marc Montminy
Fr. Marc Montminy is Pastor
of 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.
To see and
hear a talk he gave a few years ago on the New
Recollection are available on request to parishes or other
groups, with a special focus on the upcoming Holy Year announced by Pope
Francis, on the theme of Mercy.
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).
are being published this week because the editor will be away
most of next week.
reflections are in calendar order.
July 5, 2015: Who is Worthy? (Ezekiel
2:2-5; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6)
Can you imagine yourself having an apparition of Our Lord or
Our Lady or your favorite saint? Maybe you can.
Can you imagine people believing you when you tell them
about it? That’s quite another matter.
Among the objections that others might raise would be
something like this: You’re no better than anyone else! Who do
you think you are? That is certainly the kind of objection that
Maximin and Mélanie faced when they told people about the
Beautiful Lady. Here they were, totally uneducated, not even
knowing their catechism. It was considered quite the joke in the
town of Corps, that Maximin had supposedly seen the Blessed
Virgin, when his own father hadn’t set foot in a church in
This is also what Jesus faced in his home town. Here he was,
just a carpenter, after all. His extended family was made up of
ordinary people known to everybody in town. Who was he to get up
and teach others in the synagogue? Who was he to have special
To a certain extent we can understand their surprise, even
their disbelief. Still, we might reasonably think they would be
proud that a “home town boy” had “made good.” And maybe some
people were but, if so, they were outnumbered by the critics.
There is a popular new saying that goes, “No good deed goes
unpunished.” Even Mother Teresa of Calcutta was publicly
criticized and called a fraud, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and
worse. But she did not need to be above criticism in order to be
God’s instrument. Imperfections can serve, as St. Paul says in
the second reading, to keep one from becoming “too elated.”
La Salette is a call to rely on God’s grace rather than on
ourselves. That is implied when Mary says that people “work on
Sundays all summer long.” Worship doesn’t make us more “worthy:
than other people; it helps us to be more trusting.
Part of our hope is the realization that God can accomplish
his purpose not only in us and through us, but even in spite of
July 12, 2015: Making Known Sin, Grace
(Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13)
Jesus sent his Apostles out “two by two,” Mark tells us,
and gave them instructions about what to do when people welcomed
them and when they did not.
In a La Salette context, the “two by two” might make us
think of Maximin and Mélanie, though the situation is really
quite different. They were always interrogated separately. Even
during the schooling they received after the Apparition, they
did not seek each other out, and in later life they went their
separate ways. That said, they did not fail, individually, to
carry out Mary’s command to “Make this known to all my people,”
even in the face of opposition.
Jesus knew that not everyone would accept his teaching. This
was the experience also of the early Church. We read quite often
in the Acts of the Apostles that when Paul and his companions
were rejected in one town, they would move on to the next one.
They stayed in some places a matter of days, while in Ephesus,
for example, they remained for two years. They rejected no place
in advance, but also did not linger where God’s word was
In today’s second reading we have an essential element of
that preaching. Paul writes: “In him [Jesus] we have redemption
by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with
the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.”
Redemption, Forgiveness, Grace—all part of the reality of
Reconciliation that is La Salette.
To accept forgiveness means acknowledgement of one’s
transgression. In ordinary human experience, we sometimes offend
others without knowing. When we realize it, we usually
This is why at La Salette the Beautiful Lady is not hesitant
to remind her people of their sins. That way she is able to call
them to conversion, to promise abundance where there has been
famine, the lavishing of God’s grace on those who had been
None of us likes to be reminded of our sins. We are even
resistant to admitting that what we do might be sinful. So we
need to ask ourselves from time to time: to what extent is God’s
grace of Redemption reflected in my life?
July 19, 2015: Shepherds (Jeremiah 23:1-6; Ephesians
2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34)
As mentioned a few weeks ago Maximin and Mélanie, even
though we call them shepherds, were not tending cows, not sheep.
Either way, tending animals in the mountains always requires
vigilance. So it is surprising that they both fell asleep. When
they awoke they had a moment’s panic because their cows were no
longer in sight! The children clambered up a slope to get a
broader view. On a small flat area of the opposite slope the
cows were placidly ruminating.
This was Mary’s way of setting the scene for her Apparition.
Otherwise, we might conclude that this girl and boy were
“wicked” shepherds, like those criticized by the prophet in
today’s first reading, for their failure to care of their flock.
The year 1846 in France was not very unlike 2015 in the USA.
In many places (Vermont and New Hampshire are in the lead), not
only the Catholic Church but a great many other Churches are
experiencing a dizzying decline in membership. Vocations to
priesthood and religious life have only just begun to recover
after falling off for over thirty years..
Scandals in recent times have aggravated the situation.
People sometimes say the media are persecuting the Church by
publishing these things. While no one can claim that the media
are prejudiced in favor of the Church, articles on abuse would
never have appeared if the abuse had not taken place.
Journalists assumed the role of prophets, condemning wicked
Ultimately the negative publicity has led the Church to
create some of the country’s strongest child protection
policies, a model that could well be imitated in other
situations where children are at risk. Shepherds’ past failures
will lead to a generation of priests and religious more aware of
the challenges of their call to care for God’s flock.
The Beautiful Lady appeared to two ignorant, simple
shepherds. Without using the exact words, she shows us what
happens to us when we try to live “like sheep without a
shepherd,” and also what can happen when we follow Jesus, the
true Shepherd, “moved with pity” for his sheep.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
Fr. James T. Lowery, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), who died
June 24, at the age of 85.
Fr. Stephen J. Krisanda, M.S.
(Orlando, Florida), who died June 22, at the age of 82.
Both Fr. Lowery and Krisanda had worked in our
missions in Argentina.
Fr. Eugene Barrette, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), has been
returned to ICU and placed once again on a ventilator.
Fr. Thomas Reilly, M.S. (Marietta, Georgia) fell and broke a
hip. He is recuperating after surgery.
Bro. Gerald Buraczewski, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut),
recently admitted to a nursing home for rehabilitation.
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.
The Miracle of Enfield: A Vale Chosen by God Himself
It’s 1782 and many of the folks in
Mascoma Valley have become involved in Protestant religious
revival. Since the Nineteenth Century is just around the
corner, many wonder if the Lord might not choose this time for
his Second Coming. And if he does come, what might he expect to
find among his followers?
At the invitation of one of the townspeople, two
brothers come to the valley to address the faithful on the
Shaker religious beliefs. Their celibate community claims that
Mother Ann—their foundress—is the feminine counterpart of Christ
and that both men and women must now work diligently to build a
perfect earth if they are to be acceptable for a perfect
heaven. A number of the townspeople like what they hear and
before long, a community is born.
The Shakers call Mascoma Valley, “Chosen Vale” and they
find God’s presence here in a special way. Over the years,
their example attracts new believers and by the mid-century over
350 members share their lifestyle in Enfield, N.H. Numerous
buildings spring up and the Great Stone Dwelling House (1837)
effectively becomes the largest Shaker dwelling house ever
built. Even to this day, this magnificent building stands as a
tribute to lives dedicated to God.
The Shaker industriousness knows no boundaries and seeks
perfection in all things. Their farm skills lead to the
development of our modern seed industry; to patent medicines;
and to new forestry techniques. They weave indestructible
sweaters, create beautiful and simple furniture, and set to
paper a whole repertory of music to praise God and his creation.
Times change, however, and with new times come changes in
values and lifestyles. As the Twentieth Century draws near, the
Shakers become aware of a dwindling membership. They begin to
speak the unspeakable—some of their settlements will have to be
closed. Might this be a sign of the Lord’s Second Coming? The
Shakers are finally faced with closing their Chosen Vale
community in 1923. For four years, the property sits idle.
In 1927, at the invitation of a parish priest in Lebanon,
N.H. Father Zotique Chouinard, M.S., a La Salette Missionary
contacts Elder Bruce in Canterbury and begins negotiations for
acquisition of the property. In early December of that year,
the Shakers sell Chosen Vale for $25,000 — the sum Father
Chouinard was authorized to spend.
The Enfield property now enters a second phase not unlike
the period of the Shakers: young men are to be trained for the
celibate religious life and for the Catholic priesthood. In
August 1928, the Sisters of Saint Martha arrive to attend to the
cooking and household tasks once carried out by the Shaker
For forty years the use of this property continues to
evolve, but manages to maintain the prayerful commitment of a
celibate life dedicated to God along with a quest for
practicality and a respect for roots. The beautiful and stately
Mary Keane Memorial Chapel is added in 1930 thanks to the
generosity of an eminent benefactress.
In 1974 the seminary closes its doors as a result of
soaring costs and a change in lifestyles, which results in
reduced numbers of vocations at the high school level. Chosen
Vale enters yet another phase. The scenic shores of Mascoma
begin to attract families seeking a sacred place in which to
rest and be recreated. Some even sell their homes to be near
the La Salette Missionaries in their search for God’s will
In the heart of this great valley home there lies a place of
special value and sacredness: The Shaker and La Salette
Cemeteries. These sacred grounds bear witness not to death, but
to life, to life lived out fully in the service of God. Here
lie in peace such heroes as Moses Johnson who built a number of
Shaker Meeting Houses; Caleb Dyer who built many of the great
edifices in this Chosen Vale and who brought the Shaker
Community to its apex; Rev Zotique Chouinard, M.S. who saw the
dream of a LaSalette Community come to life at great personal
expense to himself and to the early fathers and brothers; Miss
Mary Keane who returned to God the hundredfold of gifts with
which he had blessed her; and so many others who were able to
find here a special presence of God and who proclaim to all that
this valley is special, that this is God’s Chosen Vale.
La Salette continues to be a special gift from God. The
community which flowed from the apparition of Our Lady at La
Salette France in 1846 has grown to encompass mission areas all
over the world. The Enfield community sprang from a residence
and mother Province in Hartford, Connecticut. From Enfield has
come a whole new religious Province in the Philippine Islands.
The movement goes on. Where the future and God will lead cannot
be foretold. Who would have dreamed back in 1782 that today
this Chosen Vale would serve families in a special way? Who
would have thought in 1846 when the Shakers were erecting a
Sacred Stone that two weeks later Our Lady would appear at La
Salette and re-echo the message that “from this ground a spring
would flow that would bring healings from afar?” Who would have
dreamed in 1927 that Miss Keane would make possible in 1930 a
Church that none could even imagine?
Many refer to our on-going story as The Miracle of
Enfield. Why doubt it? Nothing short of a miracle could have
brought us to where we are today. The signs of God never cease
to amaze us as we live each sunrise and sunset under his
watchful eye. As St. Paul would say: If God is for us, who can
be against us?
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and
Now and forever, praised be Jesus Christ!