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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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Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00 noon
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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.
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NOTE: Closed on Monday, Oct. 20
NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
to 4:00 p.m.
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
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Bishop with Knights
Special choir for
Nevares (Phoenix, AZ)
Mass of the
of the procession
presents the crown
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
can be viewed on line, in a legal size .pdf file, by clicking
The Walking Tour of the Shrine,
legal size, .pdf, can be found
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).
October 19, 2014: Is it Lawful? (Isaiah 45:1-6; 1
Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21) 29th Sunday in
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
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.
Delisle, M.S. (Attleboro, Massachusetts), who has been in a
nursing home for a few weeks, who has returned to a nursing home
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.
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!