Welcome to summer at La Salette!

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.

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Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
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 Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
Starting June 1: Mon.-Tues.-Wed., 11:30

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 June 24, 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.

All events are on Sundays, at 2:00 p.m. There is no admission fee; freewill offerings are gratefully accepted.

July 5: “Laity as Reconcilers,” Mr. Wayne Vanasse

Wayne Vanasse is known at least by sight to those who come to the Shrine regularly, as he is a Lector and a Minister of Communion at our weekend Masses. Those who come to the Christmas Lights will also recognize him as one who often serves in the cafeteria.

In his talk he will share his insights and experience in the “world” of reconciliation, showing that it is not the exclusive domain of priests or members of religious orders.

July 19: Concert of “Fr. Pat,” followed by a Healing Service

“Father Pat” has been a regular visitor to La Salette of Enfield at Christmas time, but we are delighted to have back this year also for a summer concert. His music ministry has inspired thousands over the years.

The concert will last about 45 minutes and, after a short break, will be followed by a healing service. This too is a ministry through which Fr. Pat has touched the lives of so many people.
                         NOTE: This is not a Mass

August 2: “Reconciliation and Illness,” Mrs. June Partridge, Mrs. Sharon Markowitz, and Fr. René Butler, M.S.
August 16: Healing Service, with Fr. Marc Montminy

Days of Recollection are available on request to parishes or other groups, with a special focus on the upcoming Holy Year announced by Pope Francis, on the theme of Mercy.

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: http://www.usccb.org/bible 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, the most recent appearing last.)

June 28, 2015: Fearless Faith (Wisdom 1:13-15 & 2:23-24; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43)
    Today’s gospel is one in which we find a curious discrepancy between Matthew, on the one hand, and Mark and Luke on the other. In Matthew, the “official” is not named, and his daughter has already died before he comes to ask Jesus’ help.
    In Mark, whose gospel we are reading on Sundays this year, and in Luke also, the “Synagogue official” is Jairus, who daughter is dying, not dead.
    Ultimately, the difference is not significant. The end result is the same: The girl did die, and Jesus restored her  to life.
    In today’s account, then, when Jairus was told his daughter was already dead, Jesus said to him, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” That was a lot to ask! Jairus clearly expected him to be able to cure the girl, but how could he dare to hope for more than that? Jesus in his compassion simply offered him encouragement.
    The first words of Our Lady of La Salette to Mélanie and Maximin were, “Come closer, children, don’t be afraid.” It is said that “Fear not” or its equivalent occurs 365 times in the Bible, once for each day of the year. Whether or not the number is accurate, the point is clear. And when it is God in the Old Testament, or Jesus in the gospels, or Mary at La Salette who says, “Do not be afraid,” the words carry power well beyond the event when they are spoken.
    They tell us: “Don’t be afraid now. Don’t be afraid ever!”
    We see this, too, with Mélanie and Maximin. When Mary told them at the end of the Apparition, “You will make this known to all my people,” she didn’t need to remind them not to be afraid of that responsibility. She had told them already not to be afraid, and in spite of all the opposition and pressure they faced, they were not intimidated. They didn’t have to rely on themselves.
    Let us not see all this only as applying to persons who lived long before us. We too can have fearless faith, if only we can hear within us that voice from heaven, saying, “You have nothing to fear; I am with you.”

July 5, 2015: Who is Worthy? (Ezekiel 2:2-5; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6)
    Can you imagine yourself having an apparition of Our Lord or Our Lady or your favorite saint? Maybe you can.
    Can you imagine people believing you when you tell them about it? That’s quite another matter.
    Among the objections that others might raise would be something like this: You’re no better than anyone else! Who do you think you are? That is certainly the kind of objection that Maximin and Mélanie faced when they told people about the Beautiful Lady. Here they were, totally uneducated, not even knowing their catechism. It was considered quite the joke in the town of Corps, that Maximin had supposedly seen the Blessed Virgin, when his own father hadn’t set foot in a church in years!
    This is also what Jesus faced in his home town. Here he was, just a carpenter, after all. His extended family was made up of ordinary people known to everybody in town. Who was he to get up and teach others in the synagogue? Who was he to have special powers?
    To a certain extent we can understand their surprise, even their disbelief. Still, we might reasonably think they would be proud that a “home town boy” had “made good.” And maybe some people were but, if so, they were outnumbered by the critics.
    There is a popular new saying that goes, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Even Mother Teresa of Calcutta was publicly criticized and called a fraud, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and worse. But she did not need to be above criticism in order to be God’s instrument. Imperfections can serve, as St. Paul says in the second reading, to keep one from becoming “too elated.”
    La Salette is a call to rely on God’s grace rather than on ourselves. That is implied when Mary says that people “work on Sundays all summer long.” Worship doesn’t make us more “worthy: than other people; it helps us to be more trusting.
    Part of our hope is the realization that God can accomplish his purpose not only in us and through us, but even in spite of us.



Fr. James T. Lowery, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), who died June 24, at the age of 85.
Fr. Stephen J. Krisanda, M.S.
(Orlando, Florida), who died June 22, at the age of 82.
          Both Fr. Lowery and Krisanda had worked in our missions in Argentina.


Fr. Thomas Reilly, M.S.
(Marietta, Georgia) fell and broke a hip. He is recuperating after surgery.
Fr. Eugene Barrette, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), is recovering slowly after emergency surgery for bleeding in the brain.
Bro. Gerald Buraczewski, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), recently admitted to a nursing home for rehabilitation.
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.

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!