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.”

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

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.


  1. How many people from our parish do we need to make a retreat weekend?

    • John …

      I apologize for taking so long to reply to your message. Probably the major reason is that we have changed our web program from Artisteer 4 to Word Press, and it has been a labor intensive process … with a steep learning curve that even my mountaineering skills cold not give me an edge in learning it.
      Obviously, with the Covid Pandemic, we are not gathering indoors in a group for fear of contribut-ing to the spread of the virus. I talked with our Shrine Director, Father John Patrick Sullivan and would suggest, when this all clears up that you contact him directly … he would most likely be the John Patrick Sullivan religious
      person to give you information. We do not have food service, but do have sources to provide meals … particularly for a one day retreat … requiring perhaps only lunch and two snack breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Overnight accommodations for smaller groups (10-12) might be possible but arrangements for food catering and room assignments would have to be coordinated. Here is Father John Patrick Sullivans e-mail address which you can use in the future when this virus thing settles down. But for now … we are not accepting ore encouraging any retreats or programs.
      Again, my apology. Sincerely, John Markowitz for La Salette of Enfield.

      P.S. Also, add to the list of responding late … our effort to safely offer the Christmas Display of Lights to the region took much time and effort. . Considering all things … it went off well. Our theme was: HOPE … In the Midst of DARKNESS! If you would like a free Christmas ornament with a message of HOPE, please send me your snail mailing address,

  2. Hi,

    What is the weekday mass snd confession scheduled?

  3. This new website is truly outstanding! May God bless those who created and maintain it!

  4. Bob & Bonnie Drago

    Happy 55 years anniversary… Remembering our gang from Holy Rosary, Windsor, coming to Sulphur, for your big celebration there! Way back when!
    Ours is 50 + 1!
    Fond memories!
    Blessings & Peace
    Bonnie & Bob

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