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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.,
WELCOME to La Salette of Enfield, NH
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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 July 21, 2014 (Reflection)
The Mass Schedule is given above.
Shrine devotions (Rosary, Adoration, etc.) will be every Sunday afternoon
July 27, Healing Service with Fr.
Montminy is Pastor of St. Michael parish in Exeter,
New Hampshire. He was for many years Pastor at
Sainte Marie parish in Manchester. His experience
with the Charismatic Renewal began in his seminary
years. In 1995 he, together with Sr. Mary Anne
Laughlin SND, opened Joseph House retreat center and
house of prayer in Manchester.
For more information about Fr. Montminy, you can
watch a half-hour interview, from a few years ago,
at the following website:
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).
27, 2014: Hidden Treasure (1 Kings 3:5-12; Romans
8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52) 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
If anyone calls you “a Solomon,” it’s a high compliment. The
wisdom of Solomon is, after all, legendary, and when the Queen
of Sheba came “to test him with subtle questions,… there
remained nothing hidden from him that he could not explain to
her” (1 Kings 10). He was a genuine “universal man.”
And yet, how different from the persons in the Gospel
parables who find buried treasure or fine pearls, or separate
good fish from bad. Their “wisdom” is a symbol of the Kingdom of
The wisdom of the characters in the parables lies in their
single-mindedness . They are focused on one thing. It’s like
when Jesus says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.“ (Matthew 6:33)
One might think of Mary at La Salette as one who provides a
map to the treasure, except in this case the treasure isn’t
buried at all. It is, as the saying goes, hidden in plain sight.
Spiritual writers today often comment on how hard it is to
live such busy lives and at the same time grow in our faith.
Even without the various distractions created by forms of
entertainment, so many demands are placed on most people that
there’s no time for God. We forget the value of the Lord’s Day,
the weekly “time out” that is intended to remind us that we are
more than our work.
“Be still and know that I am God,” we read in Psalm 46.
There are two elements: 1) Stop what you are doing, and 2) Get
to know me. Sunday worship and Sunday rest respond to both.
Today’s Responsorial Psalm expresses delight in knowing
God’s command, precepts and decrees. Contrary to modern
thinking, these are seen as signs of his compassion, for they
manifest his will and bestow wisdom on those who love them.
When Bishop Libasci of Manchester visited La Salette of
Enfield, NH on June 29, 2014, he drew the connection between
God’s rest on the seventh day and Mary’s reminder of the Lord’s
Day and the saying of Jesus, “Come to me, all you who labor… and
I will give you rest.”
So simple, so obvious (once you see it), so wise.
20, 2014:Twin Ministries
(Wisdom 12:13-19; Romans
8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43) 16th Sunday in
When I was a student in Rome, I often took a bus that passed
in front of a government building, Ministero di Grazia e
Giustizia, the Ministry of Mercy and Justice. It has since
become only the Ministry of Justice. Too bad.
“Your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all,”
says the author of the Book of Wisdom in his lengthy meditation
on God’s saving deeds.
At La Salette, Mary exercised that same double ministry,
which belong together.
As Minister of Justice, she does not hold back from accusing
her people of the wrong they are doing and the good they are
failing to do. She drives her point home by using strong
language: “If my people refuse to submit...However much you do,
however much you pray, you will never be able recompense the
pains I have taken for you.”
But she appears primarily in the role of Minister of Mercy.
Tears and promises and the crucifix on her breast make that
“When he celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is
fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost
sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father
who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and
of the just and impartial judge whose judgment is both just and
merciful.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1465)
La Salette Missionaries who have worked at La Salette in
France and at other Shrines throughout the world have ample
opportunity to recognize the truth of that statement.
The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds is a striking
illustration of this same reality. With Jesus there is no rush
to judgment. All in due time.
One does not have to be a Missionary of Our Lady of La
Salette or a La Salette Associate to carry out the twin
ministries of Mercy and Justice. There are many ways of
attracting people to give up sin and follow Jesus more closely,
by our life-style (think of Pope Francis), by our attitude, by
the peace flowing from us as we follow the Lord.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
who was for many years the bookkeeper at the La Salette Offices
in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. Francis Patrick Sheridan,
of East Hartford, Connecticut, who died July 11, at the age of
61, brother of Fr. Brian Sheridan, M.S. (Smyrna, Georgia).
of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, who died July 11, at the age of 51,
after a brave struggle with cancer.
Mr. Edmund Normantowicz, of Westfield, Massachusetts, father
of Bro. Edmund Normantowicz, M.S. (Hartford).
He died July 8, at the age of 90.
Fr. Peter Kohler,
(Hartford, Connecticut), who died suddenly June 28, at the age
Fr. Michael Flanagan, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who died June 22, at the age of 82.
long-time friend of La Salette of Enfield, who is recovering
from a recent 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
Fr. Jack Garvey,
M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), admitted to the hospital for
Fr. James Weeks, M.S. (Clinton, Massachusetts), whose
surgery had to be cancelled.
Vecchio, M.S. (Sulphur, Louisiana), admitted to the hospital
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, who continues to make excellent progress at
home, and is grateful for your prayers.
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.
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!