Feast of Our Lady of La Salette coming soon, Sept. 19. (Photo: Peter Morton)

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.
After Sept. 21, the weekend Mass
will be on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

Weekday Masses
Mon., Tues., Wed.: 11:30 a.m.
The last weekday Mass will be on September 24

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)

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

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

Call 603-632-7087

SHRINE NEWS, updated August 26, 2014 (Reflection, Prayer requests)


The Mass Schedule is given above.
Shrine devotions (Rosary, Adoration, etc.) are every Sunday afternoon at 1:00, through Sept. 14.


August 31, 2:00 p.m., talk: "Reconciler of Sinners."

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director of La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH, will begin with the fact that Our Lady of La Salette is invoked as “Reconciler of Sinners,” and ask how this can be, since Jesus is the One Reconciler. This will lead to a review of many of the titles given to Mary and how they are understood in the Catholic tradition.
Fr. Butler has been Director of La Salette of Enfield since 2011. In 41 years of priesthood he has served in seminaries (Professor and Director), parishes (Vermont, Florida, Massachusetts, and England), and has twice served as Secretary General of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in Rome.
There is no admission fee. Freewill offerings are gratefully accepted.

September 14, 11:50 a.m., Healing Service

Immediately after the 11:00 Mass, the La Salette Prayer Group will conduct our final Healing Service of this year's Shrine Season. We are very grateful to Mark and Madeline Kelley for organizing this event.
Mark and Madeline are well known in charismatic circles, especially for their "Emmaus Retreats" which over 3000 students and adults have experience at La Salette Shrine over the last twelve years.

September 19, 20 and 21, Triduum in Honor of Our Lady of La Salette

Mark your calendar for Masses at 6:30 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday, and at 11:00 a.m. on the Sunday.
More information to follow in the coming weeks.

The brochure for 2014 Shrine Programs can be viewed on line, in a legal size .pdf file, by clicking here. (Note: This version was published on July 22. There is a change from the version published earlier, namely that Fr. Pat's concerts will be on Saturday, December 6, not Sunday December 7.)

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

La Salette reflection on Sunday readings

Note: To understand the following 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).

August 31, 2014: Truth and Discernment (Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2;  Matthew 16:21-27) 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   All three of today’s readings have a certain bleakness to them. Jesus tells us to carry our cross, and says we will be repaid according to our conduct. Jeremiah takes no pleasure in being a prophet of doom. And while St. Paul frames his admonition in a positive light, we have to face up to the challenge held in his words, “Do not conform yourselves to this age,” echoing Jesus’ words to Peter, “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
   The message of Our Lady of La Salette contains a similar challenge. Mary enters, so to speak, the fray, the battle over true thinking and true values. When we blame God for our troubles, when we abuse his name and treat the gift of the Eucharist with indifference, we are certainly far from thinking as God does.
   Today the battle over truth continues. It is most obvious in the statements of those scientists who mock all religions, or of those historians ready to blame all the world’s ills on religion. But it appears also whenever “this age” subtly invites us to “conform” to its values.
   The Beautiful Lady did not engage in a lengthy philosophical or theological discourse. Speaking to simple children and, through them, to simple people, she spoke in language they could understand. The early history of La Salette shows that most people understood.
   But the secular press, in two articles published a few days apart in February 1847, took a very different approach. One paper described those who believed in the Apparition as “the least enlightened portion of the population;” another labeled them “simple-hearted” and called the timing of the message, in the midst of a food crisis, “a crime.”
   Then as now, the starting point determines the conclusion. Every culture has a different way of reasoning. Things “make sense” in one culture but not in another.
   Mary’s “people,” though not very faithful, were still  in a Christian culture. Her goal was to help them “discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”

August 24, 2014: Keys (Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36;  Matthew 16:13-20) 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
    In the superb play and film, The Miracle Worker, about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, keys play a significant role. Annie labors to gain access, to find the key, to the mind of the blind and deaf child. She succeeds in the end, and great is the rejoicing on both sides.
    Teachers and parents know how difficult it can be to “reach” children. They also know that what works for one may not work for another.
    Our Mother Mary—”Mama Mary” as she is called in some cultures—understands this, and at La Salette it is very clear that she is trying to “reach” her people.
    Hers are not “the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven” given to St. Peter. She has not come to “bind” or “loose.”
    She does not come clothed with ecclesiastical authority. Rather, she wears the ordinary garb of a peasant woman, and the children (because of her tears, perhaps?) immediately assumed she must be a mother.
    She gained easy access to their hearts by the kind tone of her voice, her encouraging words, and—why not?—by her beauty. Didn’t Maximin and Mélanie keep calling her the Beautiful Lady?
    Gaining access to her people was a different matter. She who understood “the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God” needed the right key or, rather, keys to communicate it.
    Words, for those who are especially responsive to the power of prophetic language.
    Tears, for those who are especially capable of compassion.
    Symbols, for those who are especially attuned to the visual.
    Her choice of witnesses, for those who are especially inclined to be skeptical.
    Any one of these, or any combination, may be what it takes for her people to open their hearts to her and, through her, once again to her Son.
    If she succeeds, then, as for Helen Keller and her teacher, great will be the rejoicing on both sides.



Br. Jean Félicien Ranaivomanana, M.S., a seminarian in Madagascar, who died August 23, at the age of 27.
Mrs. Shirley Kibbe
, of Enfield, New Hampshire, longtime friend of La Salette of Enfield and member of the La Salette Ladies' Guild, who died on August 19, at the age of 84.
Mrs. Bernardine Dugan Williams,
of Marietta, Georgia, a longtime friend of the La Salette Missionaries in Georgia, who died August 11 at the age of 86.
Mr. Brian Gallant,
of Windham, New Hampshire, who died August 8, aged 74. He was the brother of Brother Mark Gallant, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut).
Fr. Fernand Cassista, M.S.,
of Attleboro, Massachusetts, who died July 31 at the age of 76.


Fr. James Weeks, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
Ilene Reed,
long-time friend of La Salette of Enfield, who is recovering now from a second hospital stay.
Father Alfredo Velarde, M.S., of Argentina asks for your prayers for his brother, Mario Velarde, who has had surgery for spinal cancer, and his sister, Silvia, who has had surgery for stomach cancer.
Mrs. Theresa Roy,
of Lebanon, NH, longtime friend of La Salette of Enfield, whose operation was successful but who would appreciate your prayers during her recovery.
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!