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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.,
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May 24, 2014
Sunday Vigil Mass, every Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
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minutes before the weekend Mass
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603-632-5069 for information
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thru May 23, 2014
Wednesday thru Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Open by appointment
updated April 21, 2014 (Reflection,
DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE
Here at La Salette of Enfield we are hosting a pilgrimage
to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
The date this year is April 27. The program will be as
12:30-2:00 p.m., a priest will be available for Confessions.
2:00 p.m., the Eucharist will be celebrated: priests are welcome
to concelebrate. The main celebrant will be Fr. René J. Butler,
M.S., Shrine Director.
3:00 p.m., the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited, followed by
veneration of the relic of Sr. Faustyna
The Shrine theme for 2014
will be Reconciliation. We will incorporate also the Year of the
Family proclaimed by Pope Francis.
The Walking Tour of the Shrine,
legal size, .pdf, can be found
reflection on Sunday readings
Note: To understand the
following 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).
27, 2014: Living Faith, Faithful Living
(Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31) Second
Sunday of Easter, Year A
Faith and life go together. They are mutually enriching. St.
John tells the story of Thomas to emphasize the importance of
faith. The book of Acts shows the impact of faith on the life of
the first Christians. St. Peter focuses on the need for a faith
that is genuine.
The message of La Salette dovetails perfectly with all of
Mary didn’t directly accuse her people of a lack of faith.
She strongly implied, however, that what faith they did possess
had little impact on their lives. Even the two children had to
admit they hardly ever prayed.
A little over 30 years ago I was preparing parents and
godparents for a baptism. I asked them what aspect of their
faith was most important to them. I was expecting they might say
“the Mass” or “Jesus dying on the cross,” etc. They looked at me
blankly, and finally one of them said, “Well, I believe in God,
if that’s what you mean.”
Such faith is far from resembling the fire-tried gold St.
Peter writes of. It is not enough simply to believe that
something is true. We have to ask, “So what?”
I think this largely describes the situation that the
Blessed Virgin came to remedy. She pointed out the behaviors and
neglect that showed just how superficial her people’s faith had
become. She also did not hesitate to speak of the consequences
of sin in her people’s life.
If we look at today’s Catholics, we see living faith in some
places and many individuals, and sickly, even dying faith in
others. Mary addresses the latter in much of her discourse, but
concluding with “You will make this known to all my people,” she
calls us to join her in the effort to revive faith where it is
This means we ourselves need to have deep faith, to
recognize and demonstrate its power to transform lives. If with
St. Thomas we can proclaim, “My Lord and My God” in everything
we do, who knows what God may accomplish through us?
Sin has its consequences, yes. But so does faith.
20, 2014: Hearing, Believing, and...
(Sunday readings: Acts 4:37-43; Col. 3:1-4 OR 1 Cor. 5:1-8;
John 20:1-9) Easter
Sunday, Year A
Mary Magdalene saw… nothing! The tomb was empty. The
disciple whom Jesus loved saw the same empty tomb, but “he saw
The next generation of disciples, many of whom had never
seen Jesus, had to hear in order to believe. We find this in
the first reading, Peter and his companions sharing their
experience and their faith, as “witnesses.” As St. Paul writes
in Romans 10: “Faith comes from what is heard,” and, just before
that, “How can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?”
Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud saw… a Beautiful Lady.
That’s all. It was someone else who first “heard and believed,”
that is, understood who that Lady had to be. Not all who heard
what the children had to say became believers, but no one has
ever believed who did not first hear (or read) the story of La
Faith in La Salette is not the same as faith in the Gospel.
Only the latter is necessary for salvation.
That said, the whole point of the Apparition is to lead us
back to the Gospel. All Christian witness by definition leads to
Christ, and specifically to the resurrection and to “the sure
and certain hope” that comes to us from that event. La Salette
follows that same route.
If La Salette had led in any other direction than that of
the Gospel, it could never have been approved. Witnessing to La
Salette, as Maximin and Mélanie did, and as La Salette
Missionaries and La Salette Associates do today, is ultimately
one of the ways in which hearing leads to faith, or at least to
a renewal of faith, in Jesus Christ, Risen from the dead.
“Seek what is above,” writes St. Paul to the Colossians.
Mary, too, invites us to lift our gaze up from our troubles in
this world and recognize what matters even more than the life of
The message of La Salette remains a splendid reminder of the
importance of the life of faith, and of the need to nourish it.
Having heard, we believe. Having believed, we become...
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Mr. Leo Brissette
of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, who died April 19 at the age of 84.
He was the father-in-law of Mr. Rick Smith, our hired handyman
here at La Salette of Enfield.
Michael Sheridan, who died on March 21, at the age of 53. He was
the brother of Fr. Brian Sheridan, M.S. (Smyrna, Georgia).
Baris, in hospital, mother of Fr. Bernard Baris, M.S.
Fr. Michael Flanagan, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), in
hospital for tests.
Fr. Arthur Lueckenotto, M.S. (Madagascar), in hospital after his motor
bike fell on him, breaking bones in his leg.
Cassista, M.S. (Attleboro, Massachusetts), in rehab after
hospital stay for respiratory difficulties.
Fr. James Donagher, M.S., Hartford, Connecticut (in rehab
after a hospital stay).
Jean Demers, a member of the Enfield
La Salette Associates and a very active member in St. Helena
parish in Enfield, who continues to make excellent progress at
home, and is grateful for your prayers
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!