Come to a place of peace.

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.

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Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
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MASS SCHEDULE
 Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
Starting June 1: Mon.-Tues.-Wed., 11:30

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


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

BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

GIFT SHOP SUMMER HOURS

Sunday, Noon to 4:00
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 to 4:00

Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301
 

INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Open daily, 10:30-4:00.

SHRINE NEWS, updated May 25, 2015 (Reflection)

2015 Summer Program

NOTE: A printable (legal size) pdf version of our 2015 brochure is available here.

As of Memorial Day weekend we have the regular Shrine devotions every Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

The following programs are lined up: All these events are on a Sunday at 2:00 p.m. There is no admission fee; freewill offerings are gratefully accepted.

May 31: Talk, “Relating to the Trinity,” Fr. Eugene Barrette, M.S. (former Superior General).

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?

June 14: “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. Wayne Vanasse
July 19: Concert of “Fr. Pat,” followed by a Healing Service
August 2: “Reconciliation and Illness,” Mrs. June Partridge, Mrs. Sharon Markowitz, and Fr. René Butler, M.S.
August 16: Healing Service, with Fr. Marc Montminy

Days of 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.


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).

The reflections are in calendar order, the most recent appearing last.)

May 24, 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 life.

May 31, 2015: “Relative” Truths (Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Roman 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20)
    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 them.
    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.


OUR DEPARTED

Fr. Zbigniew Czuchra, M.S. (Poland), who died on May 10, at the age of 80.


OUR SICK

Bro. Claude 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 prayers.
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.

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.

 



Grounds
         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.

Pavilion
        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!