Mass Intentions

Saturday – October 17, 2020 – La Salette Association of Prayers
Sunday – October 18, 2020 – Memorial of Death Leon D. Vanasse by Vanasse Family
Monday – October 19, 2020 – Intention for Frances Cunningham by Kathleen Yahnian
Tuesday – October 20, 2020 – Anthony Collins Family Intentions – Anthony Collins
Wednesday – October 21, 2020 – Personal Intentions for Scott by Linda Sands
Thursday – October 22, 2020 – Memory of Maurice Langley by Phillip & Donna Wheeler
Friday – October 23, 2020 –  Personal Intentions Viola Heath    

There are open dates for Mass Intentions.  Please let the staff know by calling the Religious Gift Shop (603-0632-4301) or by seeing either Father John or Father Joe.

Reconciliation – John Robert Lewis  

When I think of the word “reconciliation” which is the charism or the gift of the message of Our Lady of La Salette, I cannot help but think of a prophetic person that embodies that Gospel value. I am referring to John Lewis, the congressman from Atlanta, Georgia, who died of cancer so recently.

As a young man he was the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He kept up that non-violent approach as a solution to the systemic racism and violence which sadly has been a part of our Country’s history for hundreds of years. When so many insisted that only violence could overcome embedded violence, John Lewis instead chose to practice the radical teaching of Jesus, to:  “Love your enemies. Do good to those who persecute you.” He put those words into bold action by being beaten several times for his Gospel beliefs and often going to jail simply for defending the dignity of the people around him.

There are so many people who call themselves Christians and yet are not faithful to this core teaching of Jesus. John Lewis was an authentic disciple of Jesus’ unconditional love, as were Martin Luther King and Father Thomas Merton.  That is why John Lewis was called the “Conscience of Congress” – all of Congress, both the Republicans and the Democrats.  But that took such courage and perseverance in following his ideals.  I love the quote that was often attributed to him: “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

I want to quote  Dianna Ortiz  OSU, Director of Pax Christi  USA, on her reflections on the life of John Lewis in her statement of gratitude:  “I will  forever remember him as someone  who took the  time to listen to the sufferings of the tortured. ……With few words, he calmly urged those of us who knew suffering firsthand to replace our fears with courage, our hopelessness with hope and our bottled -up rage with non-violent action.  John Lewis stood for truth, compassion and love – – – everything that we yearn not just for ourselves, our families, our communities and our world, but for yesterday’s and today’s oppressors.  John Lewis was Jesus in our midst.”

The Father John Sullivan, M.S.

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Good brothers and sisters all,
The Father John Sullivan, M.S.

This Sunday as a Shrine we are celebrating Fr. John Sullivan’s 50th anniversary. If you see him don’t forget to congratulate him. He has poured his heart and soul into his work these many years. He has fought the good fight. He has run the race. And still keeps doing both in spite of his seventy seven years of age.

Finding dates for him to celebrate both here and at the Attleboro Shrine in Attleboro this coming October has not been easy. And because of social distancing FR. JOHN  has had to keep his list of invitees to a bare minimum. And for Fr. John with his endless parade of friends this has not been easy on him. And all of this of course requires that all wear masks.


One of the obligations of priests is to pray for you the People of God.

Fr. John and I take this seriously..  And each day as we say Morning and Evening Prayer together,  we intentionally read off three or four of you who are requesting prayers  of us through the Intention Sheets located near the Candle rack at the rear of the Chapel.

Many of them are a sober reminder that many of you are hurting,  deserve special loving prayers and help us to remember the burdens that so many of you carry. Oftentimes we are inspired by your persistent faith in spite of all too many hurdles to your faith. And yet you soldier on. YOU ARE TO BE PRAYED FOR AND PRAISED

Sincerely, Fr. Joe Gosselin, M.S. Shrine Superior/Treasurer

Tell his Glory

(29th Ordinary Sunday: Isaiah 45:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21)

Our Lady told Maximin and Mélanie to make her message known to all her people. Initially, that simply meant to tell people what they had seen and heard. Today’s Psalm suggests, however, a deeper significance.

“Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.” The joyous context of these words shows that, here too, it is not just a matter of communicating information, but sharing the enthusiasm of our faith.

The Beautiful Lady expresses her sadness not only about poor Mass attendance in the summer, but also about the disrespectful attitude of those who go to church in the winter, only to make fun of religion.

We know for ourselves the difference in attending Mass and participating fully in it. Distractions are many and often unavoidable, but our intent at least ought to be, as the psalmist says, to “worship the Lord in holy attire,” responding to his holiness.

Giving glory to God is at the core of the La Salette event. We do so when we honor his name, respect his day of rest, observe Lenten penance, pray faithfully and well, and recognize his fatherly care in our lives.

But it is at the Mass, as the Church’s chief form of public worship, that we can cry out: “Give to the Lord, you families of nations, give to the Lord glory and praise; give to the Lord the glory due his name!”

The Eucharist is called “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Everything else in our life of faith flows from it, and everything leads back to it. In it “is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324).

This has practical consequences for us. Not only should we give God glory in the worthy celebration of the Sacrament, but we should so live in the public square as to “repay to God what belongs to God.”

Isn’t that what Mary was doing when she sang her Magnificat?

St. Paul writes, “For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.” This is a goal which we all should aspire to.

Wayne Vanasse, and Fr. René Butler, M.S.

There are open dates for Mass Intentions.  Please let the staff know by calling the Religious Gift Shop (603-0632-4301) or by seeing either Father John or Father Joe.

La Salette Book Club

The La Salette Book Club met wearing masks and social distancing on June 4th for the first time since Covid-19 stay at home was issued!  The Book club meets the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11:30 at the shrine cafeteria.  If you wish to join the group, see June Partridge or Sharon Markowitz or leave your name with Wayne in the book store.

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