The Feast of Our Lady of La
Salette was Sept. 19. (Photo: Peter Morton)
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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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updated September 29, 2014 (Reflection,
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
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Bishop with Knights
Special choir for
Nevares (Phoenix, AZ)
Mass of the
of the procession
presents the crown
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
can be viewed on line, in a legal size .pdf file, by clicking
The Walking Tour of the Shrine,
legal size, .pdf, can be found
reflection on Sunday readings
Note: To understand the
following 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).
October 5, 2014: Peace of God, God of Peace
(Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 4:7-9; Matthew
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Delisle, M.S. (Attleboro, Massachusetts), who has been in a
nursing home for a few weeks, and will be undergoing cardiac
Fr. James Weeks,
M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
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
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.
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!