The Feast of Our Lady of La Salette was Sept. 19. (Photo: Peter Morton)

Shrine of

  our lady OF

la salette 

A Center for Reconciliation

410 NH Route 4A - PO Box 420
Enfield, NH 03748
Tel: 603.632.7087
Fax: 603.632.7648

Office hours, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
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MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

CONFESSIONS
45 minutes before the weekend Mass
Or call at any time to see if a priest is available.


CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
2nd & 4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)

BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00 noon

GIFT SHOP HOURS

Monday—Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 4:30 p.m.
Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301
 

INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Open daily
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SHRINE NEWS, updated September 29, 2014 (Reflection, Prayer requests)

PROGRAMS

The Triduum in honor of Our Lady of La Salette went very nicely. Bishop Eduardo Nevares was warm and engaging, we had a nearly full Chapel for the Sunday Solemnity, two new members joined the La Salette Associates, the weather was ideal. Here are some photos, taken by Brother Claude Rhéaume, M.S.

Click on image to enlarge. Use back arrow to return.


Bishop with Knights
of Columbus

Congregation at
the Solemnity

Special choir for
the occasion

Bishop Eduardo
Nevares (Phoenix, AZ)

Mass of the
Solemnity

Hillside procession
(Montréal banner)

Another view
of the procession

Annette Langley
presents the crown

Crowning of
statue

La Salette
Associates

We are currently in our "off-season." Soon Brother Claude and our hired man Rick will begin setting up the displays for our Christmas Lights. You can see the general program for that event in the brochure for 2014 Shrine Programs which can be viewed on line, in a legal size .pdf file, by clicking here.

The Walking Tour of the Shrine, legal size, .pdf, can be found  here.
 

La Salette reflection on Sunday readings

Note: To understand the following reflections, two things would be helpful:
1) looking at the readings for the Sunday indicated (for example, using the following web site: http://www.usccb.org/bible and clicking on the appropriate date in the calendar);
2) being familiar with the story and message of Our Lady of La Salette (click here to open a pdf page).

October 5, 2014: Peace of God, God of Peace (Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 4:7-9; Matthew 21:33-43) 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Sandwiched between two challenging readings is a nice, easy-to-take passage from St. Paul, encouraging us to focus our thoughts on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, excellent, worthy of praise.
    By implication, we are encouraged to turn our thoughts away from the opposites of all these things.
    People who visit the site of the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette are invariably struck by the beauty and peace of the place. They appreciate it as the ideal setting for just such an event.
    That event does not remain in the past, however. It begets other events, within hearts. Even independently of Mary’s specific references to the Lord’s name and the Lord’s day, to the Mass and Lent and prayer, the overall impact of the message is to call us to deeper faith and, as a result, a more robust practice of our faith.
    Like today’s first reading and Gospel, the Message of La Salette makes us take stock of where we really stand in our relationship with the Lord. To use the image of both those readings, Mary asks what kind of fruits we are producing in our lives, and what return we are making to God from all he has entrusted to us.
    Actually, there is a sort of double sandwich in the readings. The passage summarized above from the Letter to the Philippians is itself contained between two references to God and peace: first “the peace of God,” and then “the God of peace.”
    I am reminded of a passage from Micah 5:4, “He shall be peace.” To be in a positive relationship with God is to have genuine peace, and vice versa, almost as if they were one and the same. La Salette, with its focus on reconciliation, helps us to do whatever we must to restore that peace if it has been lost, or protect it where  it has been endangered.
    This is not a mere passive peace and quiet. It gives us courage and confidence. If the God of peace is with us and the peace of God guards our hearts and minds we can—again in Paul’s words—“Have no anxiety at all.”

September 28, 2014: Expectations (Ezekiel 18:25-28; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32)  26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    “When you found the potatoes spoiled, you swore, and threw in my Son’s name.” These words of Our Lady of La Salette come very close to those of the prophet Ezekiel: “You say, ‘The Lord’s way is not fair!’”
    Apparently the people had certain expectations that the Lord hadn’t met. Ezekiel told them their expectations were wrong.
    The 19th-century farmers of southeastern France had certain expectations as well, apparently to the effect that they deserved to have good crops. When they didn’t get them, they too concluded that God wasn’t being fair. The Blessed Virgin came to tell them that their expectations were wrong. She even went so far as to tell them that it was their own fault that the harvest was ruined.
    Like the parable in today’s Gospel, the message of La Salette presents opposing scenarios, only one of which is acceptable: refusal to submit to God’s will, on the one hand, and conversion on the other.
    The parable recognizes that people can change. The son who refused to submit to his father’s will thought better of it and did as he was told. The other, who seemed to submit, ultimately did not.
    Does submission means simply bowing our heads to destiny, passively accepting misfortune with a shrug of our shoulders? Isn’t it better to resist misfortune and rage against it?
    Maybe so. But the submission of which Mary and the Gospel speak isn’t of that kind. No, indeed. Quite the opposite.
    Accepting God’s will doesn’t mean simply accepting the bad things that come our way. It means accepting to do what God asks of us, carrying out his will as best we can. Sometimes that can be painful; Jesus was “obedient to the point of death.” But that is not where the story ends.
    “If they are converted,... potatoes will be self-sown in the fields,” Mary says. If we return to the Lord with all our heart, even if our lives are far from easy, we will know his blessing.
    That is our Christian expectation. It’s called hope.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

OUR DECEASED

Mrs. Elya Kunjala Devassy (Vadakkan), of India, mother of Fr. Johnny Vadakkan, M.S. (Enfield, New Hampshire). She was called to God on September 13, at the age of 90.
Mr. Dan Pesold, of St. Louis, Missouri, brother-in-law of Fr. John Nuelle, M.S. of Washington, DC. He died on September 11, after a long illness.


OUR SICK

Fr. Richard Delisle, M.S. (Attleboro, Massachusetts), who has been in a nursing home for a few weeks, and will be undergoing cardiac catheterization.
Fr. James Weeks, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
Father Alfredo Velarde, M.S., of Argentina asks for your prayers for his brother, Mario Velarde, who has had surgery for spinal cancer, and his sister, Silvia, who has had surgery for stomach cancer.
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.), who continues her fight against cancer; she asks her friends to pray particularly to Fr. Max for her.

At 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 Mascoma. 
       Wagon wheel lighting reminds all pilgrims that the life journey they are on is slow and steady and that God is calling us forward.
       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 the apparition.
       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.

 

 
La Salette Cafeteria


      
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.

 



Grounds
         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 arrived.

 

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 Jesus.

Pavilion
        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 Sisters.
      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 today.
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 forever! 

Now and forever, praised be Jesus Christ!