June Partridge and grandson Logan help set up our Christmas Lights.

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.

Office e-mail

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
Personal e-mail

WELCOME to La Salette of Enfield, NH
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Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00 noon


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

Open by appointment

SHRINE NEWS, updated November 17, 2014 (Reflection, Prayer requests)


The annual Christmas Illuminations will soon be upon us. Here is the schedule for the 2014 season. (You can find this year's Christmas Poster by clicking here.



Saturday, November 29, Opening

  2:30 Advent Wreath making

  4:15 Plainfield Chimers

  5:00 Manger Blessing

  5:00-9:00 Lights on

Sunday, November 30, Children’s Day

  3:00-5:00 Film... Ornament making... Santa and the Christmas Story... snacks

  5:00-9:00 Lights on

December 5-31

  5:00-9:00 Lights on

Exhibit of Christmas Nativity Sets

  4:00-9:00 whenever the Lights are on

Santa Program

  7:30 p.m. December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20


  Dec. 6, 3:30 and 5:15 “Father Pat”

  Dec. 13, 5:15 Wrensong

  Dec. 20, 5:15  The Valley Chords

La Salette reflection on Sunday readings

Note: To understand these 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).

November 23, 2014: Drawing Conclusions (Ezekiel 34:11-17; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46) Solemnity of Christ the King
    The verse in today’s readings that finds the most obvious echo in the message of La Salette is this, from Ezekiel: “The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back.”
    Yes, the Blessed Virgin intended to bring her people back to the practice of their faith. She indicated, from the Scriptures and the long-standing practice of the Church, the means to facilitate their return.
    But if we limit ourselves to a literal reading of the message, we might be at a loss to make a connection to the other readings. St. Paul does speak of the authority of Jesus, which could be linked to Mary’s complaints about the abuse of her Son’s name. But what of the Final Judgment scene in Matthew? Mary is aware of the poverty and hardships of her people, but says nothing directly about reaching out to those in need.
    But we may not, must not limit ourselves in this way. The point of inviting people to return to the practice of their faith, is that they may live that faith in its entirety, in the light of the Gospel.
    Think about it. How could we respect the name of God and at the same time not have respect for those around us, especially those most in need?
    How can we pray, “at night and in the morning,” how can we adopt Lenten practices each year, and not be aware of the death of children and the famines that continue to occur in our world.
    How can we hear Mary say, “It is on account of yourselves,” and not feel challenged to do our part to uproot the causes of the tragedy of war and violence.
    It is especially on the Seventh Day, at Eucharist, that we hear, over time, the whole teaching of the Scriptures, and are invited to draw appropriate conclusions for our Christian life.
    Many times in the Gospels—the Good News—Jesus renews the challenge of discipleship. Few passages are more emphatic in this respect than today’s demanding passage from Matthew.
    Why would the “Great News” of Our Lady of La Salette be any different?

November 16, 2014:Children of Light (Proverbs 31:10-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30) 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    There is a bronze statue of Our Lady of La Salette, by Brother Juan Magro Andrés, M.S., depicting the precise moment when the Weeping Mother lifts her head from her hands, looks up at the two startled children on the hillside, and reaches out her hands to them, saying, “Come closer, children, don’t be afraid.”
    Mary reached out to them in their poverty and ignorance and, through them, to her People, also materially poor, and seemingly ignorant of the depths of their spiritual poverty.
    In today’s parable we have a record of success and failure. Two servants are promoted for their successful investments, the third is rightly fired for incompetence.
    In the message of La Salette, too, we have a record of failure—on two levels, material and spiritual—and a prospect of success.
    The failure of crops was due to blight and bad weather. The failure of the population was on the level of faith. Mary draws the connection between the two.
    But her garb, in particular, helps us draw another connection, between the Beautiful Lady and the reading from Proverbs, where we see the “worthy wife” carrying out her responsibilities as, among other things, “She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.” That is what made me think of the bronze statue mentioned above.
    A popular English hymn paraphrases verses from Psalm 34 with the words, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord.” It should not surprise us that the Mother of Our Lord adopts the same attitude.
    “I am here to tell you great news,” she continues. The fact that part of that great news is unpleasant to hear does not distinguish it from the Good News of the Gospel, which sometimes challenges and sometimes comforts, and sometimes does both at once.
    St. Paul reminds us, “You are children of the light and children of the day.” Mary, who appeared in light, reminds us also of this vocation that is ours.


PLEASE PRAY FOR VOCATIONS, AND THIS WEEK IN PARTICULAR, for Eddie Allan, Leonard (Lee) Joseph Moraglio, Richard Salomon, Michael Grady and Andrew (Drew) Bobbins, who are participating at the La Salette vocation discernment weekend, November 15-16, in Friendswood, Texas, that the Lord may continue to guide them as they consider a call to a life of reconciliation in Christ through the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette.


Mr. Raymond Maxfield, of Leominster, Massachusetts, who was called to God on November 8, after a long illness, at the age of 78. He was the brother of the late Fr. Leo Maxfield, M.S.


Fr. John Nuelle, M.S. (Washington, DC) is undergoing physical therapy at home after a back operation for spinal stenosis.
Mrs. Silvia Velarde de Ponce
, sister of Fr. Alfredo Velarde, M.S. (Las Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina), who has undergone a second operation for stomach cancer.
Fr. Gerard Boulanger, M.S.
(Attleboro, Massachusetts) has been transferred to Genesis Life Care Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he will continue regular dialysis while beginning physical and occupational therapy. (Many of you may remember him as the "cooking priest," who was Enfield Shrine Director in 2006-2007.)
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.


         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.

        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!