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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.

Office e-mail

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
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MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
(See below for Holy Week)

CONFESSIONS
45 minutes before the weekend Mass
Or call at any time to see if a priest is available.


CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
2nd & 4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)

BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

GIFT SHOP WINTER HOURS

Wednesday thru Sunday
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed


Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301
 

INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
by appointment, weather permitting

SHRINE NEWS, updated March 24, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)


HOLY WEEK

Holy Thursday: No Mass at La Salette. See local parish schedules.

Good Friday: For the liturgical Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, see local parish schedules.

      La Salette will, however, have the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 2:15 on April 3.

EASTER VIGIL: 7:30 p.m., April 4

Easter Sunday: No Mass at La Salette. See local parish schedules.


DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

A pilgrimage for the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday will take place here at La Salette on April 12.

The program will include:

Confessions, starting about 12:00
Veneration of the Divine Mercy image
Mass at 2:00
The Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00.


THE FUTURE OF LA SALETTE OF ENFIELD

A formal meeting, known as a Chapter, will take place on April 13 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, to take up the question of La Salette Shrine in Enfield. As many as 71 La Salette Missionaries might be present to consider the alternatives. (The least likely option is that the Shrine would simply be closed. The discussion is more likely to concern the question of who will manage and staff it.)

Please pray that the Holy Spirit may guide our deliberations.


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: 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).

The reflections are in calendar order, the most recent appearing last.)

March 22, 2015: Drawn to Christ (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33) Fifth Sunday of Lent
    Wheat is mentioned six times in the discourse of Our Lady of La Salette. The concrete context is the coming famine. Jesus’ mention of wheat in today’s Gospel, on the other hand, is symbolic of his death, of his being “lifted up” and “drawing everyone to himself.”
    Therein lies the link to the Apparition. St. John adds that Jesus was “indicating the kind of death he would die.” Mary wears a large crucifix on her breast, in order to remind us of the kind of death Jesus did die for us.
    She enters into that reality, and so also into that same purpose. To “draw everyone” to him, she encourages, she pleads, she weeps and warns and promises—something for everyone, so to speak.
    In her prophetic role, she seeks to draw us to yet another renewal of that covenant prophesied by Jeremiah and sealed in the blood of her Son, “the blood of the new and eternal covenant,” as we hear in every Eucharist. Drawing her people back to the Mass, Mary draws them to Jesus: to be fed by his word, as well as by his Body and Blood.
    Jesus also declares, “Where I am, there also my servant will be,” This perfectly describes Mary, the handmaid of the Lord, present not only in his infancy and youth, but at Cana early in his public life, and at Calvary, and now with him in heaven.
    At La Salette she wants us to be “where” Jesus is; she recalls where we can encounter him: in prayer and the Eucharist, in the Sabbath rest.
    This encounter lies also at the heart of our Lenten practices, which are meant to lead to repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation in and through Christ Jesus. Mary’s concern is not only whether her people are faithful to the discipline of abstinence during Lent, but even more whether they are faithful to the Lord himself.
    Repentance has two elements: regret for having given offence, and the resolve not to offend again. The Beautiful Lady does indeed reproach us for our offences, but her goal is to draw us to genuine repentance, an abiding relationship with him who became “the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”

March 29, 2015: Lest we Forget (Mark 11:1-10; Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 – 15:47)
   
In his Passion, Jesus was humiliated and insulted in many ways and by a variety of people. Suffering Servant that he was, he made his the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.”
    Mary at La Salette singled out similar instances: “Those who drive the carts cannot swear without throwing in my Son’s name.” “They go to church only to make fun of religion.”
    Among the humiliations Jesus suffered was his being abandoned by his disciples at his arrest. Mark’s account has a curious detail not found in the other evangelists: “A young man followed him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body. They seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked.”
    What can have prompted such behavior? Sheer terror, surely, but more than that. The disciple, in that critical moment, forgot why he was there in the first place. He forgot who Jesus was, all that Jesus had done. All he could think of was himself.
    Those whom Our Lady called “my people” had forgotten their Christian heritage. Terror at the prospect of famine, in particular, focused their attention and efforts on their survival and that of their children.
    This terror was compounded, however, by a general neglect of their religion or, to be more exact, by a general neglect of the religious expression of their faith. This trend had spread in France after the French Revolution. There was a deliberate choice to suppress religious feeling and influence in the public sphere, culminating in the expulsion of Religious Orders, including the La Salette Missionaries, in 1901. It was a conscious forgetting, not only of religious practice, but of faith itself.
    This is not unlike the crowd that cried, “Crucify him,” forgetting the Hosannas with which they had welcomed Jesus into the Holy City.
    Mary came to La Salette, determined not to let her people forget God’s love, manifested, more than anywhere else, in the death of his Son.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

OUR DECEASED

Fr. Louis Ouellette, M.S.
(Palm Springs, California), who died March 24, at the age of 80.
Mrs. Silvia Velarde de Ponce
(Argentina), sister of Fr. Alfredo Velarde, M.S., who died after a long battle with cancer.
Fr. Roman Gorczyński, M.S.
(Poland), who died on March 11, at the age of 61.
Mr. Lewis Melanson,
of Colebrook, New Hampshire, who died on March 7. He was the brother of Brother Leonard Melanson, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut).


OUR SICK

Her cancer has spread, and she has had a stroke.
Bro. Claude Rhéaume, M.S.
, Director of the La Salette Community here in Enfield, continues his recovery. On March 7 he was transferred to the rehab at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont.
Fr. James Lowery, M.S.
, (Hartford, Connecticut) who has moved permanently to a nursing home.
Fr. Louis Ouellette, M.S.
(California), who has recently been hospitalized and is currently recuperating in a rehab facility.
Fr. Joseph Ross, M.S.
(Enfield, New Hampshire), 86, has virtually no sight in his right eye, and his left eye is now becoming a cause of concern.
Fr. Arthur Lueckenotto, M.S.
(Madagascar) is very ill and suffering from cardiac complications. 79 years old, he has returned to the US for evaluation..
Fr. Stephen Krisanda, M.S.
(Orlando, Florida) fell ill while visiting his family in Pennsylvania. He has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor of the bladder. He continues to undergo tests.
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.) 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.

 



Grounds
         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.

Pavilion
        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!