May 2 Day of Recollection
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A Center for Reconciliation
410 NH Route 4A - PO Box 420
Enfield, NH 03748
Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.,
WELCOME to La Salette of Enfield, NH
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Sundays, starting May 26, 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays, starting June 3
Mon.-Tues.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.
DEVOTIONS: Sundays, 1:00 p.m.
minutes before the Saturday Mass
Or call at any time to see if a priest is available
603-632-5069 for information
GIFT SHOP HOURS
thru Sept. 29
Monday through Friday: 10:30 to 4:00
Saturday: 10:30 to 4:30
Sunday: noon to 4:30
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Contact Fr. Joseph Ross, M.S.
Our 2013 Shrine Program is
available in .pdf format (legal size, 8˝" x 14") by clicking
updated May 18, 2013 (Season,
The 2013 Shrine Season opens this
coming Sunday, May 26. The weekend Mass moves to Sunday
morning at 11:00. Shrine Devotions are Sunday afternoons at
This years "grand opening" includes three special events:
1. Blessing of the new Luminous Mysteries.
2. Blessing of the new Second Station of the hillside Way of the
3. Blessing of the new display of over 300 Christmas Nativity
Starting June 9, besides the
regular Devotions, we will have, every other Sunday, additional
events at 2:00 p.m. Coming up in June are:
June 9: "Dorothy Day, Woman of Faith," presented by Dorothy's
grand-daughter Martha Hennessy.
June 23: A healing service led by Fr. Lance Harlow.
We will keep you posted as
other events approach. In the meantime you can see the entire
program in .pdf format by clicking
Day of Recollection for parishioners of St. Katherine
Drexell Parish, Alton, NH
On May 2 we welcomed about 20 women for a Day of
Recollection on the theme of the Year of Faith.
There were two conferences given by Fr. René Butler,
M.S., Shrine Director.
The first was on Personal Faith, focusing on how the
uniqueness of each person is reflected in one's personal
expression of our common faith.
The title of the second was, "Honest Faith, Honest
Prayer," using the Psalms as an example of how one lifts
one's heart and mind to God in all the varied
circumstances of life.
Four La Salette Associates from Belmont, NH provided
hospitality, and two others were among the parishioners
taking part in the day.
We were blessed with a fine day, so everyone enjoyed a
Click on thumbnails to enlarge.
The permanent display for the Luminous Mysteries is complete,
waiting only for better weather to be put in place. Here are
pictures of them in the workshop.
Another update: On
Friday, April 5, Brother Claude and I went to Manchester to
begin picking up Nativity sets from around the world
that are being donated to our Shrine and will be set up as a permanent display.
We filled our van with perhaps as many as 30 large bins
on that first visit. We have made two more visits since, and we
have at least one more to go, very possibly two.
Mark your calendar:
Mysteries, the Second Station and the Nativity sets display will
all be blessed on the opening
day of the Shrine Season, Sunday, May 26, as part of the 1:00 pm
On another note, I
have added on our "Resources and Links" page a link to the
Enfield Shaker Museum, our friends and neighbors to the south.
For visitors and pilgrims to La Salette of Enfield, a visit to
the Museum is not only be fascinating in itself but also
provides a better sense of the history of our Shrine.
reflection on Sunday readings
19: In Our Own Language
2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13 OR Romans 8:8-17; John 20:19-23 OR
After the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon them, the Apostles
addressed an international audience, presumably speaking Aramaic
while people of different nationalities heard them speaking in
their own languages. This, of course, was the work of the
Spirit, a unique sign.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this sign had continued to our own
day? But this particular manifestation of the gift of tongues
seems to have been reserved to that one event. Today
missionaries spend a long time learning languages that only a
few will truly master.
At international gatherings of La Salette Missionaries, I have
often provided simultaneous translation, and I am keenly aware
of how inadequate that can be at times. Finding the right turn
of phrase on the fly is always a challenge.
Mary spoke two languages at La Salette. She started in French,
and then at a certain point saw that the children were confused.
She said, “Oh, you don’t understand? I’ll say it another way.”
The rest of her discourse was in the local dialect, except for
the final command to “Make it known.”
One would think that Mary might have anticipated this problem.
But, as the sign of many tongues at Pentecost showed that the
Gospel message was universal, the Beautiful Lady, through the
sign of just two languages, showed that her message was likewise
not restricted to one place.
As Fr. Marcel Schlewer, M.S. points out, Our Lady spoke her
people’s language in more than one sense. In the local dialect,
in fact, she spoke of the things that mattered in their
life—blighted crops, famine and children dying—showing that
these things mattered to her, too. This was her “mother tongue,”
i.e. her speaking as a mother. She also spoke to their hearts
through the language of tears.
It is not surprising that different aspects of the Apparition of
Our Lady of La Salette speak to each of us in different ways. We
are each unique, after all, and we might say that the Holy
Spirit, as at Pentecost, was at work to ensure that each of us
would hear Mary “in our own language.”
May 12: That the World may Believe (Acts 7:55-60; Revelation
22:12-20; John 17:20-26)
You may recall the controversy that arose when Jesus Christ
Superstar first appeared on stage in New York. Among other
things, some took exception to the very notion of “superstar” as
applied to Jesus, as if he were seeking the adulation of his
And yet, in today’s gospel Jesus doesn’t hesitate to pray to
the Father “that the world may believe that you sent me.” Two
more times in the same passage Jesus expresses the same desire
in different words. He also refers twice to his “glory.”
It isn’t for himself, that’s clear. Always his goal has been
to bring people to the Father. Still, if you want to bring
someone else to a particular place or person, first you have to
draw them to yourself, to attract their attention in some way.
If you don’t, how can you lead or guide them?
Our Lady of La Salette certainly attracted the attention of
others—Mélanie and Maximin first of all, then the local people,
Church authorities, civil authorities, the press. Even traveling
salesmen wasted no time getting highly inaccurate images
printed! Some people were, predictably, fiercely opposed; others
were prepared to believe even before any kind of investigation
In all this, the two children also attracted a good deal of
attention. This was a new experience for Mélanie in particular;
but according to Fr. Jean Stern, M.S., who probably knows La
Salette history better than any person living, it was not a
healthy experience for her. Be that as it may, attention to the
children meant attention to the Beautiful Lady, and her purpose
was precisely to turn the attention of her people to her Son.
In the first reading, Stephen is an ideal witness to and for
Christ. But his adversaries directed their attention and
hostility to him instead.
Whoever attracts the attention of others in order to bring
them to Christ runs the risk of getting too much attention. It’s
a delicate balance. Unlike Stephen, we are not ideal witnesses.
If our personal integrity is called into question, we become a
distraction, turning attention away from Jesus.
How then will the world come to believe?
For the repose of the soul of:
Bishop Felix Ramananarivo, M.S.,
Bishop Emeritus of the diocese of Antsirabe, Madagascar, who
returned to the Lord on May 12, at the age of 78.
Fr. Felix Adelino Malenga, M.S., of Angola, who was
called to God on April 28, at the age of 42.
Mrs. Viola Smith, aunt of La Salette Missionaries Fr.
Robert, Fr. René and Fr. Norman Butler
Fr. Henry Brodeur, M.S., of the La Salette community in
Attleboro, MA, who died on April 1.
We continue to remember our sick:
Fr. Eugene Barrette, M.S., of our La Salette community in
Brother Raymond Tétreault, M.S., of our La Salette community
here in Enfield, NH
Fr. Leo Maxfield, M.S. ("Fr. Max"), of our La Salette
community in Enfield, NH.
Fr. André Patenaude, M.S.
("Fr. Pat"), of Riverside, RI. He continues his steady
recovery from his serious illness of last summer.
Although Sunday devotions will not resume until
the spring, the prayer
intentions left at the feet of the statue of Our Weeping Mother
in the Shrine Chapel are not forgotten. After remaining a week
or two in the Shrine Chapel,
they are brought 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 pilgrim visitors, our friends and
our benefactors, and invite you to join us in
doing the same.
Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette
Program Center offers educational and spiritual services in a
professional manner to the People of God. We work with small
and large groups using the dynamics of the learning situation to
help persons become informed in their Christian convictions.
Community experience is a vital technique in formation. All of
our programs are informally structured and seek to build a sense
of community and hospitality among participants. People of all
faiths are welcome.
In addition to our Shrine
programming, some of which is scheduled with the diocesan
offices and renewal movements within the Church, we host
pilgrimages and programs for other groups, inc. civic and
ecumenical. Group food service of either a light lunch or a
pasta dinner may be available by pre-arrangement for a nominal fee,
but a bag lunch usually works best. Please contact the La Salette Shrine Program Center for further
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
A small A-frame chapel is located on the edge of our
property. 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!