Come to a place of peace.
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.,
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Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
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updated May 25, 2015 (Reflection)
2015 Summer Program
NOTE: A printable (legal
size) pdf version of our 2015 brochure is
As of Memorial Day weekend we
have the regular Shrine devotions every Sunday at
programs are lined up: All these events are on a Sunday at 2:00
p.m. There is no admission fee; freewill offerings are
May 31: Talk, “Relating to
the Trinity,” Fr. Eugene Barrette, M.S. (former Superior
Fr. Barrette has
long been fascinated with the Trinity. He will ask
and answer the question, "Just how mysterious does
the Trinity have to be?
“La Salette and the Bible,” Fr. René Butler, M.S.
Fr. Butler has
been Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of La
Salette since the middle of 2011. In his previous
assignment as Pastor in Windsor, Vermont, he started
a Bible Study group, with which he still meets on a
weekly basis. In this talk he helps us to see the
connection between La Salette (or any Apparition of
the Blessed Virgin) and the Scriptures.
June 28: Healing Service, with Fr. Lance Harlow
July 5: “Laity as Reconcilers,” Mr.
July 19: Concert of “Fr. Pat,” followed by a Healing Service
“Reconciliation and Illness,” Mrs. June Partridge, Mrs. Sharon
Markowitz, and Fr. René Butler, M.S.
August 16: Healing Service, with Fr. Marc Montminy
Recollection are available on request to parish 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).
reflections are in calendar order, the most recent appearing
2015: The Life-giving Spirit (Acts 2:1-11; two options
for 2nd reading; two options for Gospel.)
When we think of the Holy Spirit, there are three
distinct biblical images that come easily to mind. Two are found
in the Pentecost story in the Acts of the Apostles: wind, and
fire. The third is found in the accounts of Jesus’ baptism,
where the Spirit is seen in the form of a dove.
There is another image in today’s Gospel (2nd option) that
we would not think of so spontaneously. Four times in his Last
Supper discourse Jesus calls the Holy Spirit an “Advocate” or,
in some translations, a “Comforter,” meaning that the Spirit is,
so to speak, on our side.
The Spirit also brings many and varied gifts. In more than
one place St. Paul focuses on the gifts, or charisms, of the
Spirit; elsewhere he speaks of the fruits of the Spirit.
In the last fifty years or so, “charism” has come to be
identified in a special way with Religious Congregations. It has
to do partly with the kind of work they do (teaching, missions,
etc.), but more with the unique spirit that the one Spirit has
given each of them.
The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are no exception.
They came into existence because the Bishop of Grenoble needed a
group of priests to do two things: tend to the needs of pilgrims
coming to La Salette, and preach Missions in the parishes of his
diocese. The underlying charism was hinted at when he included
“the ministry of reconciliation” among the things they would do.
He no doubt meant the Sacrament of Penance (Confession), but
over time we and those who share our spirit have come to see
Reconciliation as our driving force. Reconciliation is the
filter through which we see the world, the Church, ourselves,
even the Scriptures.
That is why we can engage in a significant variety of works.
Wherever reconciliation is needed, we can find our place. In all
this we rely on the Holy Spirit as our Advocate and Comforter.
We have also another advocate, the one whom, in the “Hail,
Holy Queen,” we call “most gracious Advocate”—Mary who, as she
has ever done, cooperates with the Spirit, at the heart of our
May 31, 2015:
“Relative” Truths (Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Roman 8:14-17;
St. Paul reminds us, “You did not receive a spirit of
slavery, to fall back into fear, but a Spirit of adoption,
through whom we cry, ‘Abba, Father!” He goes on to say that we
are “joint heirs with Christ.” From time to time we forget this.
We go our own way, unmindful “that the Lord is God in the
heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other,”
as Moses proclaimed to the Hebrews.
And so on this Trinity Sunday we are reminded of our real
relationship with God—Father, Son and Spirit. The Trinity is
beyond our understanding, of course, but that is really no
obstacle. There are lots of things we don’t understand about
other people, sometimes even in our own families, and yet that
doesn’t prevent us from knowing and respecting them, or loving
The Message of Our Lady of La Salette is about our
relationship with God. She speaks about the need to respect
Jesus’ name and keep the Lord’s Day, and about daily prayer, and
not just because these are obligations imposed on us, but
because they are among the most important ways to nourish that
relationship by keeping it always in mind. To neglect these is
at best unwise.
On that Galilee mountain Jesus told the Eleven, “Teach them
to observe all that I have commanded you.” Mary’s mission on a
different Mountain in the French Alps, was also to teach her
people to observe all that Jesus had commanded, in the broad
sense of truly living out their discipleship.
Being disciples is distinct from being baptized. In
addressing those already baptized, the Beautiful Lady was
showing them it’s not good enough to be disciples in name only.
Although the Blessed Virgin showed herself in tears and
warned of the dire consequences of Christian, or rather,
unchristian forgetfulness, we must never think that she came so
that we might “fall back into fear.” On the contrary, she
appeared as our loving Mother, to open our eyes and hearts and
help us rediscover the “Spirit of adoption” won for us by her
Son, our Brother, with whom we are coheirs to the Father.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
LA SALETTE SUPERIORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, gathering
in Angola beginning on May 20 for a meeting called "Council of
the Congregation," at which important issues concerning all
Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette will be discussed. Among
other things, they will consider an invitation from a Bishop in
Tanzania to establish a mission there.
Czuchra, M.S. (Poland), who died on May 10, at the age of
Rhéaume, M.S., Director of the La Salette Community here in
Enfield, who continues his recovery after cancer surgery. He
returned home to the Shrine on April 18 and is under the care of
physical and occupational therapists.
Fr. Stephen Krisanda, M.S. (Orlando, Florida), who was diagnosed
some time ago with
a cancerous tumor of the bladder, continues to receive
treatments from his physician and the medical team. He is
residing comfortably with his family and is grateful for your
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. 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!