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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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4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)
Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00 noon
GIFT SHOP HOURS
Noon to 8:00 p.m., except:
Dec. 24: Noon to 4:00 p.m. / Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 31: Noon to 4:00 p.m. / Jan. 1-2: Closed
(Winter hours starting January 3
Wed. thru Sun.: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
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NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Dec. 5-31: 4:00-9:00 p.m.
updated December 16, 2014 (Reflection,
Our 60th annual Christmas
Illuminations opened on November 29 and 30.
You can find this year's Christmas Poster by
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60th YEAR OF LIGHTS AT LA SALETTE OF
NOTE: There is no admission charge.
5:00-9:00 Lights on
NOTE: No cafeteria food service Dec. 24, Dec. 25, or Dec. 31.
Christmas Nativity Sets
7:30 p.m. December
Dec. 20, 5:15 The
The Valley Chords have brought their special
“barber shop” style to us the last two
years, and we expect that they will delight
their audience here once again.
reflection on Sunday readings
Note: To understand these 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).
21, 2014: Handmaid, Mother, Model (2 Samuel 7:1-16;
Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38) Fourth Sunday of Advent-B
In Luke’s Gospel Mary twice calls herself “handmaid”—a
poetic English translation for a “female servant”—in today’s
story of the Annunciation and, ten verses later in the same
chapter, in her “Magnificat.” By it she expresses her eagerness
to serve the Lord.
That desire to serve, naturally, extended also to others.
Her cousin Elizabeth, and the bride and groom at Cana, are
specifically described as benefiting from it. It is the same
spirit that prompted her to appear at La Salette.
The Beautiful Lady came in the service of her Son,
distressed as she was at the abuse of his name and the neglect
of his grace. She reminded us also of how active she has always
been on our behalf, “pleading constantly” with her Son for us.
This inclination to act on behalf of others is a
manifestation of Mary’s motherhood. It was, after all, in
accepting to be the Savior’s mother that she called herself
“handmaid.” Mothers are typically “servants” for a significant
number of years. Like Our Lady of La Salette, they are deeply
solicitous for the well-being of their children and, like her,
they weep sometimes.
In the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, Mary is called Cause of
our Joy. In the litany of our lives, we are too often the cause
of her sorrow. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Besides admiring her spirit of service and being thankful
for it, we can imitate it. In today’s first reading we see how
the desire of God’s “servant” David to do something special for
God was rewarded with a promise to be fulfilled in the words of
the Angel Gabriel: “Of his kingdom there will be no end.”
This is by no means an invitation to a comfortable
existence. Mary’s life was far from easy: “How long a time I
have suffered for you!”
She dedicated her life to service, exemplifying what St.
Paul would later write: “To him who can strengthen you…, to the
only wise God, through Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever.”
All God’s handmaids and servants seek his glory.
14, 2014: Rejoice Always
(Isaiah 6:1-2 &10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24;
John 1:6-8 & 19-28)
Third Sunday of Advent-B
When challenges or obstacles come our way, we don’t usually
feel like rejoicing. And yet, St. Paul’s call to “Rejoice
always,” is not an isolated instance; nor is this idea unique to
Paul (cf. James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 4:23).
Contemplating the image of the Weeping Mother and hearing
her challenging message, our initial response may be far from
rejoicing. True, we are glad that Mary came, we are grateful,
and we joyfully accept the hope that she offers. But even the
more difficult parts of the message of La Salette should be
received with joy, considering their source and their purpose.
If you have read the preaching of the John the Baptist in
all four Gospels, you have found the same reality. Because he is
a Prophet, specially sent by God, he unstintingly speaks words
of hope and of reproach, in view of the people’s healing, their
turning back to the Lord.
In Luke 4, Jesus applies today’s reading from Isaiah to
himself. His vocation is, among other things, to “bring glad
tidings to the poor.” To accomplish that goal he, too, often
found himself facing obstacles: criticism from his enemies,
misunderstanding from his disciples. He never gave up, and we
Mary at La Salette complained, “However much you pray,
however much you do, you will never recompense the pains I have
taken for you.” She hasn’t given up either.
In all this we recognize that we are not alone as we face
the struggles of life. As Bishop William Ullathorne of
Birmingham, England, wrote in 1854, “The apparition of our
Mother on the mountain of La Salette is not a new doctrine, it
is a new grace. It is the revelation of the love and compassion
for us that exist in heaven.”
So, to quote St. Paul again, “Rejoice always… In all
circumstances give thanks.” Our salvation is God’s work. It is
his gift. He it is who makes us “perfectly holy” and will
preserve us “blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Troubles come, troubles go, but there is always cause for
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Lortie, of Fitchburg Massachusetts, sister of Brother Robert
Belliveau, M.S. (Fitchburg); she was called to God on November
Rhéaume, M.S., Director of the La Salette Community here in
Enfield, who has been diagnosed with a sarcoma at the bottom of
his spinal column.
Mrs. Patricia Byrne, of Melrose, Massachusetts, sister of
Fr. John Higgins, M.S. (Winchester, Massachusetts). She is being
treated for septicemia.
Baris, M.S., (Brewster, Massachusetts), recovering from a
partial knee replacement.
Mrs. Silvia Velarde de Ponce, sister of Fr. Alfredo Velarde,
M.S. (Las Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina), who has undergone a
second operation for stomach cancer and her condition is
Boulanger, M.S. (Attleboro, Massachusetts) has been
transferred to Genesis Life Care Center in Lebanon, New
Hampshire, where he will continue regular dialysis while
undergoing physical and occupational therapy.
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.
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!