Announcing: Christmas Lights coming soon! (See below)

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)
Sunday, Noon to 4:00
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 to 4:00
Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301

Wednesdays, 10:00 to noon

Open by appointment

SHRINE NEWS, updated November 19, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)


Theme: "Open the Door to Mercy"

(To see a pdf version of this year's poster, click here. Feel free to print them up and put them on public bulletin boards, in shops that will accept them, etc.)


Opening Weekend:  November 28 & 29

Opening Day:  Saturday, November 28 2:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

2:30-4:00 p.m.  Preparing as Family for Advent

4:15 p.m.  Plainfield Chimers

5:00 p.m.  Opening Service & Manger Blessing. Lights on till 9:00

Children’s Day:  Sunday, November 29 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Santa … & the Christmas Story Pageant   

Ornament making, film, refreshments, gifts. Lights on 5:00-9:00


No lights Nov.30 to Dec. 3


Starting Friday, Dec. 4: Lights on Nightly thru December 31st    5 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Santa Program

Friday              7:30 p.m.  December 4, 11, 18

Saturday          7:30 p.m.  December 5, 12, 19


Christmas Concerts (all on Saturday)

December 5    Wrensong, 5:15

December 12  “Father Pat.” 3:30 and 5:15

December 19  Mount Royal Academy, 5:15



Mass, Saturday 6:30 p.m.

Confessions, Saturday 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.


Nativity Display: Over 450 Crèches, open daily during Lights, 4:00-8:45


No Admission fee; Donations gratefully accepted


Refreshments available in Cafeteria


We invite you to bring a non-perishable item for the local food bank.



A printable pdf version (legal size) of our 2015 revised brochure is available here. NOTE: The date for Fr. Pat's Christmas concert has been changed from December 5 to December 12.

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: 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).

The reflections are in calendar order.

November 15, 2015: Signs, Lessons, Times (Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-18, Mark 13:24-32)
    The prophet Daniel speaks of a “time unsurpassed in distress.” Every generation of humanity has experienced such times, it seems.
    Mary said at La Salette, “I warned you last year with the potatoes.” She was referring to the fact that already in 1845 there had been a blight on the potatoes. Her people, unfortunately, had failed to recognize the sign, and just blamed God for their distress.
    In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us to “learn a lesson from the fig tree” (which for the purpose could really be any tree). The annual cycle of leaves and fruit and harvest is a sure sign of the seasons. He also indicates other, enigmatic but dramatic, signs of the Second Coming.
    On the one hand, he says that we should notice the signs; on the other, no one but the
Father knows the day or the hour. So, we might well ask, what is the point of observing signs if we don’t know precisely what they mean?
    The answer lies In one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, where we read: “The Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel.” The La Salette Missionaries have from the beginning had a special concern for confronting the evils “of the time.”
    Times change, signs change, and we need to learn to recognize and interpret them. Even things that seem to have no direct religious or moral significance, like blighted potatoes, can be signs when viewed from a perspective of faith.
    In the Catholic tradition, we do not devote much attention to predicting when the Second Coming will be. But this does not mean we ignore the signs. Indeed, the fact that we do not know the day or hour makes us especially attentive, so that we may be ready to welcome the Lord when he does come.
    By nature, a sign directs our attention to something else, something beyond itself. In the La Salette perspective, the signs that matter most are those that hint at Reconciliation. They might point to a challenge or a comfort. Depending on the “times,” either can bring us closer to Christ, to his Church, to the service of our neighbor.

November 22, 2015: Thy Kingdom Come (Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8, John 18:33-37)
    The word “Kingdom” appears much less in John than the other three Gospels, but in today’s passage it occurs three times in one verse!
    For most of us, the word “Kingdom” refers to a form of government associated with a place we can find on a map. In the New Testament, however, that use of the word is rare, and Jesus states explicitly that his Kingdom is not territorial, that it does not “belong to this world.”
    In what sense, then, is it a Kingdom? Some of the more modern renditions include dominion, reign, rule, kingship, even “holy people” and “God’s work.” In today’s reading from the Book of Revelation, we hear that we are the Kingdom.
    These all imply a relationship between the “King” and his “subjects.”
    From our point of view, seeing Jesus as King means more than imagining him sitting on a throne wearing a crown and holding a scepter. It means we accept his authority, his reign over us. If not, then Christ the King is no different from King Juan Carlos of Spain—an interesting personality, maybe, but of little or no importance to most of us.
    That is the problem Our Lady came to address at La Salette. The kingship, the authority of God and of her Son, was of little or no importance to her people, the Christians she came to address.
    Instead of calling today’s feast that of Christ the King, which is a bit abstract, we might think of it as the feast of Christ our King.
    Other images might work equally well. We are disciples of Christ our Teacher. We are servants of Christ our Master.
    Such expressions cannot be just a matter of words, or a routine formula. They have to mean for us what they say. The best way to make sure they do is to desire, truly, from the depths of our heart, to know the will of Jesus in our lives, to accept it, and to carry it out as faithfully as we can. That is the commitment we make when we pray, “Thy Kingdom come.”
    Not for nothing the Beautiful Lady encourages us to say an Our Father (and a Hail Mary), every evening and morning.



A number of younger men are beginning to express an interest in joining the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette. Please keep them in your prayers, so that our Congregation may continue to fulfill its mission in North America and throughout the world.


Fr. Joseph Ross, M.S.
(Enfield, NH), admitted to the hospital on November 19 with a brain hemorrhage; he seems to be recovering well.
Mr. Robert Higgins
, brother of Fr. John Higgins, M.S. (Winchester, Massachusetts), who suffered a heart attack.
Br. Paul Maceyka
(Hartford, CT), recently hospitalized with an infection.
Fr. James Donagher, M.S.
(Hartford, CT), admitted to the hospital for tests.
Fr. Donald Jeffrey, M.S.
(Attleboro, MA), recovering from a heart attack.
Mr. René Henault
, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 89 years old, who in a nursing home for rehabilitation. He is the father of Fr. James Henault, M.S. (Orlando, Florida).
Mr. Steve Ford,
a former La Salette Missionary, who is dealing with kidney failure.
Fr. Henry Dauphinais, M.S.
(Attleboro), recovering from pneumonia.
Bro. Claude Rhéaume, M.S.
, Director of the La Salette Community here in Enfield, who deeply appreciates your prayerful support as he continues his recovery. His progress is very encouraging, but there is still a long way to go.
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. Recent radiation treatments have stopped the spread of the cancer. She asks her friends to keep praying for her, particularly to Fr. Max.


Br. Albert Girard, M.S.
(La Salette, France), who died November 17, at the age of 70.
Fr. Donald Paradis, M.S.
(Attleboro, Massachusetts), who died on October 20.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

 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!