Feast of Our Lady of La
Salette coming soon, Sept. 19. (Photo: Peter Morton)
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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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Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
After Sept. 21,
the weekend Mass
will be on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.
Mon., Tues., Wed.: 11:30 a.m.
The last weekday Mass
will be on September 24
minutes before the weekend Mass
Or call at any time to see if a priest is available.
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)
GIFT SHOP HOURS
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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NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
to 4:00 p.m.
updated September 2, 2014 (Reflection, Prayer
The Mass Schedule is given above.
Shrine devotions (Rosary, Adoration, etc.) are every Sunday
afternoon at 1:00, through Sept. 14.
September 14, 11:50
a.m., Healing Service
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
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
September 19, 20 and 21, Triduum in Honor of
Our Lady of La Salette
Mass at 6:30 p.m., followed by an outdoor
candlelight procession around the Rosary Pond, and
then light refreshments.
Mass at 6:30 p.m., with the renewal of promises
by our La Salette Associates, followed by an outdoor
candlelight procession around the Rosary Pond.
21: Solemn Celebration of the 168th anniversary of
the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette
Mass at 11:00 a.m., followed by a solemn
procession with the statue of the Weeping Mother to
the hillside Shrine area. Once there, we will hear
once again the beautiful story of the Apparition,
after which the statue will be crowned. The service
will close with Benediction of the Most Blessed
We are honored to
welcome His Excellency Bishop Eduardo Nevares
as our principal celebrant and homilist for all
three days of this year's Triduum. There is no
Bishop in North America who knows La Salette better
or loves La Salette more, since Bishop Nevares was a
La Salette priest for over 25 years. He is the first
Auxiliary Bishop to be named to the diocese of
Phoenix, Arizona. For more information about Bishop
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
reflection on Sunday readings
Note: To understand the
following 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).
September 7, 2014: Winners and… Winners
(Ezekiel 33:7-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20)
23rd Sunday in Ordinary time
The prophets on the whole are pretty unpopular. Yes, there
are passages we love to hear, about Emmanuel, or changing hearts
of stone for hearts of flesh, etc., but the preponderance of
prophetic oracles tends toward condemnation and the call to
change our ways.
It is hardly the first time I note that the message of Our
Lady of La Salette fits squarely within this tradition. What
strikes me today, however, is how that message helps us
understand the prophets better, and even gives us a particular
insight into today’s Gospel.
Mary did not complain for complaining’s sake, the prophets
found no joy in condemning, and the Gospel scene of confronting
an offending fellow Christian before the whole community is
daunting at best.
But the goal in each instance is reconciliation. When Jesus
holds out the prospect of “winning over” one who has sinned
against us, he is not talking about winners and losers. When
peace is restored and the community is healed, everybody wins.
Ideally, this comes about through gentle dialogue. The
prophets took this approach when they reminded the people of
God’s saving deeds and, as the Beautiful Lady also did, promised
abundant blessings to those who would turn back to him. St. Paul
has the same attitude when he writes, “Love is the fulfillment
of the law.”
That failing, however, the prophets, and St. Paul, and the
Blessed Virgin were not above taking a more forceful approach.
In last week’s first reading Jeremiah grumbled about having to
preach “violence and outrage” all the time. It reminds me of the
famous line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “I must be cruel, only to
be kind!” Or, to be more scriptural: “At the time, all
discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it
brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are
trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11).
If Mary could have achieved her purpose with soft words
only, she would not have spoken as she did. But she said what
she had to say, so that she and we could all be winners.
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
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.”
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Boguszewski, M.S., of Poland, who died August 28, at the age
Br. Jean Félicien
Ranaivomanana, M.S., a seminarian in Madagascar, who died
August 23, at the age of 27.
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.
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,
Fr. James Weeks,
(Hartford, Connecticut), who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
Ilene Reed, long-time friend of La Salette of Enfield, who is recovering
from a second hospital stay.
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
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.
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!