This new display has an interesting
history. See below.
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A Center for Reconciliation
410 NH Route 4A - PO Box 420
Enfield, NH 03748
Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.,
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May 24, 2014
Sunday Vigil Mass only, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
(No Sunday a.m. or weekday Mass)
minutes before the weekend Mass
Or call at any time to see if a priest is available
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
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GIFT SHOP HOURS
until further notice
Monday through Friday: 10:30 to 4:00
Saturday: 10:30 to 4:30
Sunday: noon to 4:30
When Christmas Lights are on, shop is open till 8
NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Starting Nov. 4: Open by appointment
Also open evenings when the Christmas
Lights are lit.
See pictures in
"Gallery" link above.
updated December 1, 2013 (Programs)
|New display, interesting
Brother Claude has created a new display for our 2013
Christmas Illuminations. It represents the Holy Family in the
stable of Bethlehem, with the star above.
What is especially interesting is how he made it. The model for
it was one of the pieces in our new Nativity Exhibit,
which has served as the iconic image for the exhibit. It
is a wrought-iron design, standing about 18" high.
Instead of making a grid and then enlarging it to keep the
proportions, Br. Claude had the brilliant idea of projecting
this picture on the inside of a garage door and creating the
display directly over the image. It took him and our handyman
Rick Smith just a couple of days to make it.
When you come to see the lights, this display will greet you
closest to the entrance as you approach from the north.
Top: This is the original.
Claude stands next to the new display while holding the
Click on the pictures for
a better view.
SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS
The grand opening was on November 30. WMUR's "New Hampshire
Chronicle" was on hand for the event. In the New Hampshire
viewing area, you will be able to view their report on
Wednesday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m., on WMUR channel 9. (If you
can't see the broadcast on TV, do not despair. We will have an
internet link to the program after it has aired.)
Starting Friday, December 6, the lights will be on
every evening through December 31.
Santa will visit us every
Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 until
Christmas (Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21)
"Father Pat" will
be here Saturday, December 7. He will give two concerts, at 3:30
and 5:15, and he will also preside at the 6:30 Mass.
|Father André Patenaude,
M.S. is very well known as "the Singing Priest."
We missed him last year when he was recovering from
a serious illness, and so we are especially pleased
to welcome him back. Please come and join him in a
joyous celebration of the coming feast!
Then, on Sunday, December
8, we will have another concert, with the school choirs of
Mount Royal Academy from Sunapee, NH.
|We are delighted to welcome
back the school choirs of Mount Royal Academy. As
enrollment continues to increase, so too does the
number of singers. We look forward to a great
If you'd like to
see the full
Christmas Lights program, click
here for a .pdf of this year's
poster. Feel free to print up extras for your family and
friends, and if possible to post at businesses and community
bulletin boards in your area.
LIGHTS FAQ: click here
Shrine Program is
available in .pdf format (legal size, 8˝" x 14") by clicking
The Walking Tour of the Shrine,
also legal size, .pdf, can be found
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 date
in the calendar); and 2) being familiar with the story and
message of Our Lady of La Salette (click
here to open a pdf page).
December 8: The Sin of Presumption
(Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12) Second Sunday of
Advent, Year A
John the Baptist didn’t mince his words. He told the Pharisees
and Sadducees not to presume that they were righteous simply
because they were descendants of Abraham, but to “produce good
fruits” to show that their repentance was genuine.
Today we can adapt this passage to read, “Do not presume to
say that you are righteous simply because you are baptized.”
Most of the people of France in 1846 were
baptized Catholics. In fact, the word “Christian” in French
often was used as a synonym for “human being.” At La Salette the
Blessed Virgin showed in a variety of ways, however, that, of
itself, just being baptized simply isn’t good enough.
In fact, who offends more by blaspheming Jesus’ name—the
non-believer or the baptized Christian? How can a Christian
swear, using the name of Jesus, and then claim that he doesn’t
“mean anything” by it?
At the very least, Mary shows us that the name of Christian
isn’t simply a label stuck on us when we were baptized. St. Paul
puts it another way, reminding us that we should “with one voice
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The fulfillment of Isaiah’s vision of peace isn’t automatic.
Rather it anticipates a time when “the earth shall be filled
with knowledge of the Lord.” Our Lady of La Salette looked upon
a “Christian” world and found it to be far from filled with that
knowledge. And so she wept.
Advent by its nature invites us, like Isaiah, to look
forward, as we say at every Mass after the Lord’s Prayer, to
“the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Mary offers a vision of hope as well. But neither she nor
the prophet implies that we should wait passively for these
things to come about. Both of them challenge us to respond by
showing our change of heart in our way of life, to “produce good
Mary’s “people,” in that time of famine, would have
understood: planting the seed is not enough. The plant has to be
cultivated. Anything else is mere presumption.
December 1, 2013. Awake in the Light (Isaiah
2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44) First Sunday of
Advent, Year A
Isaiah’s image of the Mountain lends itself easily to a La
Salette reading, especially in the words, “Come, let us climb
the Lord’s mountain… that he may instruct us in his ways and we
may walk in his paths… Let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
Mary appeared on a mountain, in light. Hers is a reflected
light, the source of which is the crucifix she wears. When she
invited Maximin and Mélanie to come to her, she was calling them
to “walk in the light of the Lord.”
St. Paul writes, “It is the hour now for you to awake from
sleep… The day is at hand.” That is the essence of Mary’s
message. It is a curious coincidence, but probably no more than
that, that the two children had fallen asleep after their lunch
and had just awakened when they saw the globe of light in which
the Beautiful Lady gradually became visible.
Jesus tells us to “stay awake,” to be ready for his return.
He even compares himself to a thief, that comes by night.
If you have ever tried to stay awake when you are tired, you
know it is not just an act of the will. You took means to stay
awake: moving around, doing some work, engaging in a
Staying awake so as not to be caught off-guard when Jesus
comes means not growing slack in our faith. St. Paul, in the
same letter in which he insists over and over that faith is the
source of salvation—not works—does not hesitate to insist also
that we need to “conduct ourselves properly as in the day.”
Mary came to La Salette precisely because her people were
not awake and ready. They had grown indeed very slack in their
faith. Neglecting the simplest requirements of Christian life,
they had come to lose respect even for Jesus himself, who is the
light of the world, in whose light we are called to walk.
Advent is a time of expectation, preparation, hope, of
opening our eyes, staying awake. Mary’s role and presence in
this season is especially clear. Full of grace, she walked in
the light of the Lord. At La Salette she reminds us to do so,
of the La Salette community in Hartford, CT, who died on
November 21, at the age of 74.
Father Leo Maxfield, M.S., a member of
our local Shrine community, has been in a nursing home since
the summer of 2012. His health has deteriorated seriously in recent weeks. Please accompany him in
this phase of his earthly pilgrimage.
Jean Demers, a member of the Enfield
La Salette Associates and a very active member in St. Helena
parish in Enfield, after several weeks in rehab has returned
home, but continues to need the support of our prayers.
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 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!