The Shine is very white and very cold and very quiet.

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.

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Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
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Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

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

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Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00 noon


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

Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301

by appointment, weather permitting

SHRINE NEWS, updated January 19, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)

La Salette reflection on Sunday readings
          (The reflections are in calendar order, the most recent appearing last.)

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: 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).

January 18, 2015: Curiosity (1 Samuel 3:3-19; 1 Corinthians 6:13-20; John 1:35-42) Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
    There are many people (including myself) who will spend long hours trying to find answers to questions, sometimes even quite trivial ones. Such is the force of curiosity.
    Curiosity is a good thing. Samuel’s words, “Speak, for your servant is listening,” are the same as asking, “Why have you called me?” John’s disciple Andrew, curious as to why Jesus was called “the Lamb of God,” began by asking him, “Where are you staying?”
    There is, of course, such a thing as idle curiosity. La Salette, like all apparitions, has always attracted the curious. In the beginning it was, “What did the Lady really say?” Then it became, “What did she say about such-and such?”—ranging from the political situation to apocalyptic prophecies. Then there were the words spoken privately to each of the children, often referred to as the “secrets of La Salette.” Occasionally, people even want to know about Maximin’s dog (Loulou, if you are interested).
    It is interesting, but not essential, to know things about Maximin and Mélanie, their families, their personal response to the Apparition, their life story. What matters most about them, however, is the fact that they were found to be “neither deceived nor deceiving,” and so their testimony could be considered reliable.
    In the Apparition itself, nothing is superfluous. We can profitably ask many questions so as better to understand the meaning of Our Lady’s discourse, as well as of the many symbols (crucifix, light, tears, roses, hammer & pincers, etc.)
    But the most important question we need to ask of the Beautiful Lady is, “What do you want of us?” as if we were saying, “Speak, for your servants are listening. We really want to know.”
    The initial answer is: “Respect my Son’s name, pray every night and every morning, etc.” Still, curiosity has a way of never being satisfied. Other questions arise. We can keep on asking, “What else? How better?” After all, the disciples surely didn’t stop at “Where are you staying?” Disciples are, by definition, learners. Spiritual curiosity has a way of going deeper and deeper.

January 25, 2015: Turning Point (Jonah 3:1-10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20) Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
    Jonah announced that Nineveh was doomed. No ifs, ands or buts.
    Hundreds of years later, St. Paul wrote, “The time is running out.”
    And about 1800 years after that, a Beautiful Lady declared, “If my people refuse to submit, I will be forced to let go the arm of my Son.”
    But: Nineveh was not destroyed. Time hasn’t run out—yet. And Our Lady of La Salette offered an alternative to letting her Son’s arm go.
    Unlike Jonah, Mary desired repentance. She was more like Ezekiel, to whom God said: “Do I find pleasure in the death of the wicked? Do I not rejoice when they turn from their evil way and live?”
    The Scriptures and La Salette both bring us to a turning point. Today’s Gospel is a great example. Four fishermen, going about their own business, are called, invited to “come after me.” They seem not to hesitate in the least. They aren’t being told, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Maybe they have already heart that speech. Perhaps what comes now is the fruit of their response to Jesus’ proclamation of the coming Kingdom.
    In any case, their lives were changed from this point onward. So, too, for us, when we respond to the grace that is offered us at La Salette.
    Recently I met a woman who had come to the Enfield Shrine on a parish pilgrimage when she was about 10 years old. As soon as she stepped off the bus she sensed a presence, beautiful, special; and it was here that she experienced Mary as Mother for the first time.
    The turning point can take many forms. What they have in common is that there is no turning back or, better, no wanting to turn back. When Our Lady said, “Come closer, children, don’t be afraid,” they stood as close to her as they could. “We were practically touching,” said Mélanie, “we were very close.”
    It may mean turning away from sin. It may mean turning away from mediocrity. It may mean turning towards a life of service, or a life of solitude. In every case it is a response to the call of Jesus, “Come after me,” however it presents itself.



Sr. Pauline Champagne, 90, of Lac-au_Saumon, Québec, Canada, who died on January 9, just two days after her sister whose name follows below. She was a member of the Congregation of the Servants of Our Lady Queen of the Clergy for 72 years.
Ms. Helene Champagne,
97, of Woonsockett, Rhode Island, who died on January 7. She and Sr. Pauline Champagne, whose name appears above, were sisters of Br. Jean-Paul Champagne, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut).
Fr. Patrick McCarthy, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who died on January 4, 2015, at the age of 64, after a long illness.
Fr. Gerard Boulanger, M.S.
(Attleboro, Massachusetts) was called to God on January 2, 2015 at the age of 70. He was Director of Enfield Shrine in 2006-2007.
Norma Sangenis,
(Argentina) sister of Fr. Rubén Darío Sangenis, a former La Salette Missionary, also deceased. She died on December 21, 2014


Fr. Arthur Lueckenotto, M.S. (Madagascar) is very ill and suffering from cardiac complications. He is 79.
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.
Bro. Claude Rhéaume, M.S.
, Director of the La Salette Community here in Enfield, who has been diagnosed with a sarcoma at the base of his spinal column. He will undergo surgery probably in February.
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; her condition is precarious.
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.

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.


         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.

        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!