View of Shrine, August 12, 2015

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.

Office e-mail

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
Personal e-mail

WELCOME to La Salette of Enfield, NH
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Sunday, 11:00 a.m. (thru September 27)
Mon.-Tues.-Wed., 11:30 (thru September 16)
Note: Starting October 3, the only Mass will be
the Saturday Vigil Mass, at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301

Open daily, 10:30-4:00.

SHRINE NEWS, updated August 25, 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., 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 Spirit Seminar
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 Torres
Oct. 27th—Holy Mass, Praying for Release of the Holy Spirit, Celebrant, Fr. René Butler, M.S.
Nov. 3rd—Growth & Transformation by Mark Kelley

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 Christian Life.

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.

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: 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.

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 Lord.”
    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 it?
    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 our attention?
    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 sky.
    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 7:1-23)
    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 Deuteronomy.
    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 wretched ingrates.
    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.



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 the world.


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 tests.
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.


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.

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.


         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.

        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!