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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.

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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.

2nd & 4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)
Sunday, Noon to 4:00
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 to 4:00
Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301

Wednesdays, 10:00 to noon

Open daily, 10:30-4:00 till late October

SHRINE NEWS, updated October 13, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)

The spectacular picture shown below was taken in early October by Jim Shibles of Enfield, NH.  Taken from the Shrine hillside, it shows, from right, our Chapel (long low building), Gift Shop, Cafeteria (behind which you can see just the roof peak of the North House (where the La Salette Missionaries live), and two barns—all under the protection of a double rainbow. This is especially appropriate, as the rainbow is the sign of God's covenant with humanity after the great flood, and La Salette is devoted to the cause of Reconciliation between God and his people.


A printable pdf version (legal size) of our 2015 revised brochure is available here. NOTE: The date for Fr. Pat's Christmas concert has been changed from December 5 to December 12.

Beginning September 29: Life in the Spirit Seminar
Our Lady of La Salette Prayer group will present a LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR at the La Salette Shrine for six consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning Tuesday September 29 through November 3 from 7PM to 8:45 PM. Each week the presentations will begin in the Chapel at 6:45 PM and move to the cafeteria for discussions ending at 9:00. Following are the presentations and speakers.

Sept. 29th—God’s Love by Fr. Roger Plante, M.S.
Oct. 6th—Salvation by Madeline Kelley
Oct. 13th—New Life by Kaye Mirski
Oct. 20th—Receiving God’s Gift by Lisa Torres
Oct. 27th—Holy Mass, Praying for Release of the Holy Spirit, Celebrant, Fr. René Butler, M.S.
Nov. 3rd—Growth & Transformation by Mark Kelley

The Life in the Spirit seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They provide an opportunity for people to find out more about that life, and to be helped in taking the first steps of a new relationship with the Lord. For those who are not Christians at all, they can serve as an introduction to Christianity and a time to make a first commitment to Jesus Christ. For those who are already Christians, they offer help in a fuller release of the Holy Spirit to live a deeper Christian Life.

There is no charge but an offering to the Shrine is appreciated. Any questions and for further information call Madeline Kelley at 603.632.5069.

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: 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.

October 11, 2015: Rendering an Account (Wisdom 7:7-11; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30)
    People in the world of finance are not the only ones who must render an accounting. People entrusted with any responsibility will at some point have to show how they have carried it out. Even children have to hand in their homework.
    We don’t like to be reminded that we will need to give an accounting of our lives, but that is what is stated explicitly in today’s second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews: “Everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.”
    There are audits in finances, and in other fields as well. In the Church, for example, at least in the U.S., every diocese is audited by an independent agency to guarantee that the decisions of the Conference of Bishops for the protection of children are being implemented. If anything is not as it should be, the auditors point it out, and expect to see the issue resolved by the next audit.
    An audit is based on criteria. In the message of Our Lady of La Salette, which—like the word of God—is “sharper than a two-edged sword,” we find certain basic criteria by which we can judge the sincerity and depth of our Christian life, of our faith, of our trust in God, etc.
    Before long we will enter into the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis to mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II. There are many possible ways to deepen our understanding and experience of God’s mercy. Among them would be to meditate on the implications of the message of La Salette, which echoes in its unique way the message of the Gospel.
    Mercy is integral to the Gospel and to Church teaching. First and foremost, we recognize it in Jesus as Redeemer. It is a precious gift, vital to our relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is integral also to La Salette.
    It is a gift for which we “must render an account.” A personal “mercy audit” could include various questions: “What difference would it really make in my life if I did not hope for God’s mercy?”  “How have I practiced mercy toward others?” Etc.
    At La Salette, Mary’s words remind us that mercy is ours if only we will ask, and her example shows us that we need to share the mercy we receive.

October 18, 2015: The Throne of Grace (Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45)
    Today’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews includes the words: “Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.”
    On reading this, I could not help humming the beautiful Gregorian Chant setting of this same text, which we used to sing as the introit (entrance antiphon) of the Mass of Our Lady of La Salette in my seminary days.
    In 1978 the La Salette Mass was translated and revised, and  the introit was changed to a text from Psalm 145:8-9: “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works.”
    The dominant theme of both, and what connects them both to La Salette, is mercy. It will come as no surprise that this visitation of Mary is often referred to as her “merciful” Apparition.
    The message of La Salette has, as we have often noted, some harsh sayings addressed to us as sinners. We would rather not hear those, but they are part and parcel of the prophetic spirit and language of the Apparition. We need to understand that, like the prophets, Mary says what she has to say, for our own good.
    In spite of our sins, it is never too late for us to turn back to God. God’s mercy is never refused to those who ask for it in sincerity of heart. He is “gracious and merciful,” and we can confidently come before him.
    In the Gospel Jesus says he came “to give his life as a ransom for many,” fulfilling Isaiah’s words: “Through his suffering my servant shall justify many.” The list of biblical passages encouraging us to trust in God’s mercy is very long. La Salette is squarely situated in that same tradition.
    Every now and then a priest will meet people who believe they are beyond God’s mercy. The things they have done seem to them so terrible, so wrong, that they can’t bring themselves to ask forgiveness. But “God is greater than our hearts,” as we read in 1 John. And in Romans St. Paul writes: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
    Yes, God is for us. We may confidently approach the throne of grace, where mercy awaits.



A number of younger men are beginning to express an interest in joining the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette. Please keep them in your prayers, so that our Congregation may continue to fulfill its mission in North America and throughout the world.


Mr. Steve Ford,
a former La Salette Missionary, who is dealing with kidney failure.
Mr. Jerry Higgins
, who is hospitalized with respiratory problems. He is the brother of Fr. John Higgins, M.S. (Winchester, Massachusetts).
Fr. Henry Dauphinais, M.S.
(Attleboro), who had emergency surgery on Sept. 27, and is recuperating well.
Normand Rainville,
nephew of Fr. Paul Rainville, M.S. (Smyrna, Georgia). Norman was recently rushed to the hospital is serious condition.
Carey Stenberg,
daughter of Mark and Madeline Kelley, who head up the La Salette Prayer Group here at La Salette of Enfield. She recently underwent brain surgery and is recuperating well.
Fr. Donald Paradis, M.S.
(Attleboro, Massachusetts), now residing permanently in a nursing home.
Bro. Claude Rhéaume, M.S., Director of the La Salette Community here in Enfield, who deeply appreciates your prayerful support as he continues his recovery. His progress is very encouraging, but there is still a long way to go.
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. Recent radiation treatments have stopped the spread of the cancer. She asks her friends to keep praying for her, particularly to Fr. Max.


Mr. Santo Veccho
, who died October 4. He was the brother of Fr. Egidio Vecchio, M.S. (Sulphur, Louisiana).
Mrs. Katherine Simons,
sister of Fr. Bernard Tayloe, M.S. (Myanmar); she died on September 29.
John Weeks,
brother of the late Fr. James Weeks, M.S.
Luis Liendo,
Uncle of Bro. Pedro Battistini (Argentina), who died recently at the age of 90.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

 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!