The color of October 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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Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00 noon


Monday—Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 4:30 p.m.
Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301
NOTE: Closed on Monday, Oct. 20

Open daily
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SHRINE NEWS, updated October 14, 2014 (Reflection)


The Triduum in honor of Our Lady of La Salette went very nicely. Bishop Eduardo Nevares was warm and engaging, we had a nearly full Chapel for the Sunday Solemnity, two new members joined the La Salette Associates, the weather was ideal. Here are some photos, taken by Brother Claude Rhéaume, M.S.

Click on image to enlarge. Use back arrow to return.

Bishop with Knights
of Columbus

Congregation at
the Solemnity

Special choir for
the occasion

Bishop Eduardo
Nevares (Phoenix, AZ)

Mass of the

Hillside procession
(Montréal banner)

Another view
of the procession

Annette Langley
presents the crown

Crowning of

La Salette

We are currently in our "off-season." Soon Brother Claude and our hired man Rick will begin setting up the displays for our Christmas Lights. You can see the general program for that event in the brochure for 2014 Shrine Programs which can be viewed on line, in a legal size .pdf file, by clicking here.

The Walking Tour of the Shrine, legal size, .pdf, can be found  here.

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).

October 19, 2014: Is it Lawful? (Isaiah 45:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21) 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    The evangelist tells us that the question about paying taxes was a trap, which Jesus deftly escaped. But we mustn’t think this was nothing but a story about how clever Jesus was. His answer to the unasked question about what was due to God takes us beyond mere legalities.
    Mary at La Salette devoted a significant part of her discourse to what was due to God. Her concern, however, could not have been that certain laws we being broken. Only the most devoted of legalists or judges would weep over laws. The Blessed Virgin is neither.
    This reminds me of a question priests still deal with occasionally: “How late can I arrive at Mass, and how early can I leave, and still have attended Mass?” Many years ago, there was actually a very precise answer to that question, but both question and answer miss the point, namely the “work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope” for which St. Paul praises the Christians of Thessalonica, and which inspire all Christian life.
    The Beautiful Lady wept, not over the violation of certain laws or commandments, but over the lack of faith, love and hope on the part of her people, the faith, love and hope that lie at the heart of our relationship with God, besides whom “there is no other,” (as we read today in Isaiah), and with one another (as we read in many other places in the prophets). Without these, even the most perfect observance of every law is of no special value.
    In any society, in any family, laws and rules are designed for the good of the members. The same was and is true of the People of God.
    What could be more lawful than a deep and abiding reverence for the Lord’s name? than accepting God’s invitation to imitate him in observing a day of rest? than acknowledging God’s place in our lives, through prayer, Eucharist and Lenten observance?
    At the heart of Mary’s message is the greatest commandment: that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. What could be more lawful than that, repaying to God what truly belongs to him?

October 12, 2014: Invitation to the Feast (Isaiah 25:6-10; Philippians 4:12-20; Matthew 22:1-14) 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    “In the summer, only a few elderly women go to Mass. The rest work on Sundays all summer long. In the winter, when they don’t know what else to do, they go to Mass just to make fun of religion.”
    Sometimes we use the term “Sunday obligation” to describe the practice of going to weekly Mass. This is unfortunate. That such an obligation exists is true, of course. In fact, the Latin text of the Church’s “Canon Law” says literally that “the faithful are bound by obligation,” whereas the English translation simply reads, “are obliged.”
    The opening words of the Beautiful Lady’s discourse are, “If my people refuse to submit.” Can she be talking about laws and obligations only?
    Note that the law doesn’t say “Catholics” but “the faithful.” Mary doesn’t say “Catholics” but “my people.” It’s a question of fidelity, of belonging to a community of worshipers. This is no mere legal obligation.
    The community of “faithful people” gathers on the Lord’s Day. On the day Christ rose from the dead he fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy: “He will destroy death forever.” Every week we celebrate that event as, in the words of the Psalm, he spreads a table before us and, in the image of today’s parable, he invites us to the King’s feast.
    In the parable, when the invited guests refused to come to the feast, the king sends his servants with orders to issue new invitations to everyone they meet. We are told that this included “bad and good alike.” The only requirement was the wedding garment.
    St. Paul writes: “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” He is nourished by his faith. It gives him everything he needs for every circumstance. The same is possible for us.
    The “faithful” are the People of God, those who 1) have faith—perhaps this is what the “wedding garment” represents—2) live their faith, 3) nourish their faith, and 4) celebrate their faith with one another.
    At La Salette Mary challenges us to do all these things, as she renews the invitation to the Feast.



Fr. Lawrence Kohler, M.S. (Sulphur, Louisiana), who will be undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.
Fr. Alan McGuirk, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who is now a resident at a West Hartford nursing home.
Fr. Richard Delisle, M.S.
(Attleboro, Massachusetts), who has been in a nursing home for a few weeks, who has returned to a nursing home following cardiac catheterization.
Fr. James Weeks, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
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.), who continues her fight against cancer. She asks her friends to pray particularly to Fr. Max for her.

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!