Summer has  come to La Salette!

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
Personal e-mail

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MASS SCHEDULE
 Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
Mon.-Tues.-Wed., 11:30
(Note: No Mass July 7, 13, 14, 15, 28)

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)
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 July 6, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)

2015 Summer Program

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

Shrine devotions every Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

All events are on Sundays, at 2:00 p.m. There is no admission fee; freewill offerings are gratefully accepted.

JJuly 19: Concert of “Fr. Pat,” followed by a Healing Service

“Father Pat” has been a regular visitor to La Salette of Enfield at Christmas time, but we are delighted to have back this year also for a summer concert. His music ministry has inspired thousands over the years.

The concert will last about 45 minutes and, after a short break, will be followed by a healing service. This too is a ministry through which Fr. Pat has touched the lives of so many people.
                         NOTE: This is not a Mass

August 2: “Reconciliation and Illness,” Mrs. June Partridge, Mrs. Sharon Markowitz, Fr. René Butler, M.S.

June and Sharon are both well known to Shrine “regulars.” Long-time La Salette Associates, they are often seen helping in a variety of Shrine activities (cafeteria hospitality, lectors, etc., etc., etc.).

Both are retired nurses, having worked in different fields at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. They had the opportunity to bring a reconciling spirit into that environment, as well as witness striking examples of reconciliation there.

They will also share moments of reconciliation in dealing with illness in their own lives.

August 16: Healing Service, with Fr. Marc Montminy

Fr. Marc Montminy is Pastor of St. Michael parish in Exeter, New Hampshire. He was for many years Pastor at Sainte Marie parish in Manchester. His experience with the Charismatic Renewal began in his seminary years. In 1995 he, together with Sr. Mary Anne Laughlin SND, opened Joseph House retreat center and house of prayer in Manchester.

To see and hear a talk he gave a few years ago on the New Evangelization, click here.

Days of Recollection are available on request to parishes 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).

Three reflections are being published this week because the editor will be away most of next week.

The reflections are in calendar order.

July 5, 2015: Who is Worthy? (Ezekiel 2:2-5; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6)
    Can you imagine yourself having an apparition of Our Lord or Our Lady or your favorite saint? Maybe you can.
    Can you imagine people believing you when you tell them about it? That’s quite another matter.
    Among the objections that others might raise would be something like this: You’re no better than anyone else! Who do you think you are? That is certainly the kind of objection that Maximin and Mélanie faced when they told people about the Beautiful Lady. Here they were, totally uneducated, not even knowing their catechism. It was considered quite the joke in the town of Corps, that Maximin had supposedly seen the Blessed Virgin, when his own father hadn’t set foot in a church in years!
    This is also what Jesus faced in his home town. Here he was, just a carpenter, after all. His extended family was made up of ordinary people known to everybody in town. Who was he to get up and teach others in the synagogue? Who was he to have special powers?
    To a certain extent we can understand their surprise, even their disbelief. Still, we might reasonably think they would be proud that a “home town boy” had “made good.” And maybe some people were but, if so, they were outnumbered by the critics.
    There is a popular new saying that goes, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Even Mother Teresa of Calcutta was publicly criticized and called a fraud, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and worse. But she did not need to be above criticism in order to be God’s instrument. Imperfections can serve, as St. Paul says in the second reading, to keep one from becoming “too elated.”
    La Salette is a call to rely on God’s grace rather than on ourselves. That is implied when Mary says that people “work on Sundays all summer long.” Worship doesn’t make us more “worthy: than other people; it helps us to be more trusting.
    Part of our hope is the realization that God can accomplish his purpose not only in us and through us, but even in spite of us.

July 12, 2015: Making Known Sin, Grace (Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13)
    Jesus sent his Apostles out “two by two,” Mark tells us, and gave them instructions about what to do when people welcomed them and when they did not.
    In a La Salette context, the “two by two” might make us think of Maximin and Mélanie, though the situation is really quite different. They were always interrogated separately. Even during the schooling they received after the Apparition, they did not seek each other out, and in later life they went their separate ways. That said, they did not fail, individually, to carry out Mary’s command to “Make this known to all my people,” even in the face of opposition.
    Jesus knew that not everyone would accept his teaching. This was the experience also of the early Church. We read quite often in the Acts of the Apostles that when Paul and his companions were rejected in one town, they would move on to the next one. They stayed in some places a matter of days, while in Ephesus, for example, they remained for two years. They rejected no place in advance, but also did not linger where God’s word was rejected.
    In today’s second reading we have an essential element of that preaching. Paul writes: “In him [Jesus] we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.”
    Redemption, Forgiveness, Grace—all part of the reality of Reconciliation that is La Salette.
    To accept forgiveness means acknowledgement of one’s transgression. In ordinary human experience, we sometimes offend others without knowing. When we realize it, we usually apologize.
    This is why at La Salette the Beautiful Lady is not hesitant to remind her people of their sins. That way she is able to call them to conversion, to promise abundance where there has been famine, the lavishing of God’s grace on those who had been blasphemers.
    None of us likes to be reminded of our sins. We are even resistant to admitting that what we do might be sinful. So we need to ask ourselves from time to time: to what extent is God’s grace  of Redemption reflected in my life?
   
July 19, 2015: Shepherds (Jeremiah 23:1-6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34)
    As mentioned a few weeks ago Maximin and Mélanie, even though we call them shepherds, were not tending cows, not sheep. Either way, tending animals in the mountains always requires vigilance. So it is surprising that they both fell asleep. When they awoke they had a moment’s panic because their cows were no longer in sight! The children clambered up a slope to get a broader view. On a small flat area of the opposite slope the cows were placidly ruminating.
    This was Mary’s way of setting the scene for her Apparition. Otherwise, we might conclude that this girl and boy were “wicked” shepherds, like those criticized by the prophet in today’s first reading, for their failure to care of their flock.
    The year 1846 in France was not very unlike 2015 in the USA. In many places (Vermont and New Hampshire are in the lead), not only the Catholic Church but a great many other Churches are experiencing a dizzying decline in membership. Vocations to priesthood and religious life have only just begun to recover after falling off for over thirty years..
    Scandals in recent times have aggravated the situation. People sometimes say the media are persecuting the Church by publishing these things. While no one can claim that the media are prejudiced in favor of the Church, articles on abuse would never have appeared if the abuse had not taken place. Journalists assumed the role of prophets, condemning wicked shepherds.
    Ultimately the negative publicity has led the Church to create some of the country’s strongest child protection policies, a model that could well be imitated in other situations where children are at risk. Shepherds’ past failures will lead to a generation of priests and religious more aware of the challenges of their call to care for God’s flock.
    The Beautiful Lady appeared to two ignorant, simple shepherds. Without using the exact words, she shows us what happens to us when we try to live “like sheep without a shepherd,” and also what can happen when we follow Jesus, the true Shepherd, “moved with pity” for his sheep.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER:

OUR DECEASED

Fr. James T. Lowery, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), who died June 24, at the age of 85.
Fr. Stephen J. Krisanda, M.S.
(Orlando, Florida), who died June 22, at the age of 82.
          Both Fr. Lowery and Krisanda had worked in our missions in Argentina.

OUR SICK

Fr. Eugene Barrette, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), has been returned to ICU and placed once again on a ventilator.
Fr. Thomas Reilly, M.S. (Marietta, Georgia) fell and broke a hip. He is recuperating after surgery.
Bro. Gerald Buraczewski, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), recently admitted to a nursing home for rehabilitation.
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 encouraging, but tediously slow.
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.

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!