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A Center for Reconciliation
410 NH Route 4A - PO Box 420
Enfield, NH 03748
Office hours, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.,
WELCOME to La Salette of Enfield, NH
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Sunday, 11:00 a.m. (thru September
Mon.-Tues.-Wed., 11:30 (thru September 16)
October 3, the only Mass will be
the Saturday Vigil Mass, at 6:30 p.m.
minutes before the weekend Mass
Or call at any time to see if a priest is available.
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)
GIFT SHOP SUMMER HOURS
Noon to 4:00
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 to 4:00
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INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Open daily, 10:30-4:00.
updated August 25, 2015 (Reflection,
2015 Summer Program
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size) pdf version of our 2015 brochure is
Shrine devotions every Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.,
thru September 13
September 18, 19 and 20:
Triduum in honor of Our Lady of La Salette
|Friday, September 18, 6:30
p.m.: Mass and Candlelight Procession, followed
by a social
Saturday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.: Mass and
Candlelight Procession, with La Salette Associates'
renewal of promises
Sunday, September 20, 11:00 a.m.: Mass,
Procession, and Hillside Devotions, Most Rev. John
McCormack, Bishop Emeritus of Manchester, presiding.
Beginning September 29: Life in the
|Our Lady of La Salette
Prayer group will present a LIFE IN THE
SPIRIT SEMINAR at the La Salette Shrine for
six consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning
Tuesday September 29 through November 3 from 7PM
to 8:45 PM. Each week the presentations will
begin in the Chapel at 7PM and move to the
cafeteria for discussions ending at 8:45.
Following are the presentations and speakers.
Sept. 29th—God’s Love
by Fr. Roger Plante, M.S.
Oct. 6th—Salvation by Madeline Kelley
Oct. 13th—New Life by Kaye Mirski
Oct. 20th—Receiving God’s Gift by Lisa
Oct. 27th—Holy Mass, Praying for Release
of the Holy Spirit, Celebrant, Fr. René Butler,
Nov. 3rd—Growth & Transformation by Mark
The Life in the Spirit
seminars are designed as an introduction to a
life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They
provide an opportunity for people to find out
more about that life, and to be helped in taking
the first steps of a new relationship with the
Lord. For those who are not Christians at all,
they can serve as an introduction to
Christianity and a time to make a first
commitment to Jesus Christ. For those who are
already Christians, they offer help in a fuller
release of the Holy Spirit to live a deeper
There is no charge but an
offering to the Shrine is appreciated. Any
questions and for further information call
Madeline Kelley at 603.632.5069.
reflection on Sunday readings
Note: To understand these reflections, two things would be helpful:
at the readings for the Sunday indicated (for example, using the
following web site:
http://www.usccb.org/bible and clicking on the
in the calendar);
2) being familiar with the story and
message of Our Lady of La Salette (click
here to open a pdf page).
reflections are in calendar order.
August 23, 2015: A Hard Saying, but...
(Joshua 24:1-18; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69)
After Jesus insisted that his flesh was food and his blood
was drink, many of his disciples (note: not his enemies) said,
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?” A little further on,
the Gospel text tells us that they “no longer accompanied him.”
Many are the demands of our faith. Some we respond to
easily, even spontaneously. We can be like Joshua, stating
forthrightly, “As for me and my household, we will serve the
Other demands go against the grain. The Gospel, indeed the
whole of Scripture, for all its beauty, is also a challenge.
It should not surprise us, then, that Mary at La Salette,
although we know her as the “Beautiful Lady,” has, in her “great
news,” some hard sayings. Like the prophets, even as she
consoles her people and offers them hope, she confronts them
about their religious neglect, their blaming God for their
blighted crops. She says, “If the harvest is ruined, “it is only
on account of yourselves.” What a hard saying! Who could accept
In fact, many did accept it. The impact of the Apparition
and Message of Our Lady of La Salette on the local people and
throughout France was one of the signs that convinced the Bishop
of Grenoble that the story told by the two children was true.
The greatest challenge in Mary’s message comes right at the
beginning: “If my people refuse to submit.” Submission does not
come easily to most adults. Teens, too, typically devote a lot
of energy to breaking away from the submission they accepted as
natural in their childhood.
One might argue that Mary could have chosen a better word.
But if she had softened the expression, would she have gotten
If Mary had avoided hard sayings, the promises she made and
the hope she offered would not have stood out as they do, like a
jeweled brooch on dark fabric or like a rainbow against a stormy
Christian hope comes, in a sense, at a price. But for those
who truly submit to God’s will, to his love, the benefits far
outweigh the cost.
August 30, 2015: A Wise, Intelligent, Grateful
People (Deuteronomy 5:1-8; James 1:17-18, 21B-22, 27; Mark
Near the end of his life, Moses made several long speeches
to his people, who were about to enter the Promised Land. He
began with the passage found in today’s first reading from
Although he speaks about the Law, his concern is not about
legalism. It is about what the Law represents. In any society
laws are an expression of wisdom. The wisest nations have,
theoretically, the wisest laws.
In the case of the Hebrew nation, the Law was received as
God’s gift. To observe it was not only a matter of obedience,
but of gratitude and pride.
When Mary at La Salette reminds us of the Law of God—respect
for the Lord’s Name and the Lord’s Day—and the laws of the
Church (e.g. fasting in Lent), she is by no means just being
legalistic. The day of rest is a gift. And, for Christians it is
a privilege to be called by the name of Christ.
Even in the most ordinary circumstances there is a
reasonable expectation that we will show gratitude for gifts we
receive. Not only do we not “look a gift horse in the mouth,”
but we are perceived as rude and thoughtless if we fail to
acknowledge a gift. We would never want to be thought of as
This is all the more true when the gift is from God. Moses
even anticipated that the Law he had given his people from God
would be the envy of other nations!
But God’s people, early on, disregarded his Law, and over
the ensuing centuries They had become wretched ingrates. Judges
and Prophets arose to bring them back, often at great personal
cost, without great success.
Today a similar concern is expressed for the earth, God’s
gift, of which we are the stewards. Many are the voices raised
calling us to treat this gift with respect.
At La Salette Mary reminds us once again that the laws that
govern us as Christians and Catholics are good and beautiful, a
gift to be accepted gratefully and faithfully observed.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
There are signs of improvement in
the overall vocation picture, as 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
Bro. Gerald Buracewski, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), is
back in a nursing home for rehabilitation.
Fr. Peter Dauphinais, M.S., and Fr.
Donald Paradis, M.S. (both of Attleboro, Massachusetts) are
in care for a variety of ailments and
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
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
particularly to Fr. Max.
Mrs. Annette Eliscar, who died August 20. She was
the mother of Fr. Lamartine Eliscar (Attleboro, Massachusetts).
Fr. Pietro Molinari, M.S. (Italy), who was called to God on August 15. He was born in
1930, became a La Salette Missionary in 1948, and was ordained a
priest in 1955.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O
Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
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
Wagon wheel lighting reminds all pilgrims that the life
journey they are on is slow and steady and that God is calling
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Now and forever, praised be Jesus Christ!