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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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Till May 2, 2015
Wednesday thru Sunday
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Starting May 3, 2015
Sunday, Noon to 4:00
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 to 4:00

Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301

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SHRINE NEWS, updated April 21, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)


The "Chapter" of the North American Province of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette met in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on April 13, to make decisions concerning the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, New Hampshire. Fifty-three La Salette Missionaries were present as voting members.

After a thorough discussion, the Chapter decided not to close the Shrine, and to keep it as a work of the La Salette Missionaries.

Thank you for your prayers.

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.)

April 19, 2015: Witnesses to Hope (Acts 3:13-19; 1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48)
    All of today’s readings find fault. In one of his first “sermons” after Pentecost, St. Peter says, “You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.” St. John calls “liars” those who do not keep Jesus’ commandments. Jesus asks his disciples why they are so terrified.
    So Our Lady of La Salette is in good company when she finds fault with her people. “How long a time I have suffered for you, and you pay no heed!... If the harvest is ruined, it is only on account of yourselves.”
    Fortunately, none of them stops there. St. Peter acknowledges that his listeners acted in ignorance; St. John reminds us that we have Jesus as our Advocate; Jesus even asks for food to prove that he is no ghost; and the Beautiful Lady shows us the way to reconciliation and hope.
    Mary could easily have incorporated certain phrases from today’s reading in her message. “Jesus is expiation for our sins.” “Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.” She came as one of those who preach “repentance, for the forgiveness of sins” in Jesus’ name.
    That she did not actually quote any of these texts, or others equally appropriate, hardly matters. There is no mistaking the meaning of her words, or the very purpose of her apparition.
    The Gospel passage ends with Jesus’ words, “You are witnesses of these things.” In the Acts of the Apostles St. Peter, preaching about the death and resurrection of Jesus, states, “Of this we are witnesses.” In both contexts, the meaning is not simply that the Apostles saw and heard certain things, but that they were expected to testify to them, to spread the word.
    Maximin and Mélanie, the witnesses of Our Lady’s Apparition at La Salette, also took their responsibility seriously, even in the face of threats and bribes. They were given a wisdom beyond their years when they were interrogated. In spite of their flaws and ignorance (or maybe because of them), they are a great example to us of witnessing to our faith and hope.

April 26, 2015: The Good Shepherd (Acts 4:8-12; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18)
St. Peter tells us there is no other name than that of Jesus by which we are to be saved. Abuse of that name is mentioned twice in the discourse of Our Lady of La Salette. The contrast couldn’t be more dramatic.
    In today’s Gospel Jesus gives himself another name, or at least a new title: the Good Shepherd. This “name” is also abused, not in the sense that people use it in profanity, but that they have forgotten its meaning and wandered far from the Shepherd. “I know mine and mine know me,” Jesus said. But in 1846 the Beautiful Lady saw that this was no longer the case. Her people no longer really knew him.
    In 1 John we read: “The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” This may comfort those practicing Catholics and Christians who experience the misunderstanding, maybe even the hostility of non-believers. The tragedy is that sometimes the world does not know him because of us. The text could be reversed to read, “The reason the world does not know him is that it knows us,” i.e., it sees our failure to follow him.
    Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, the children to whom Mary appeared, would have easily understood the image of a shepherd. They are usually referred to as shepherds, though they were actually cowherds, tending cattle on the day Our Lady appeared to them. Each of them had just four cows to keep an eye on. Maximin had never done this before, and had been “borrowed,” just days before the Apparition, by a farmer whose regular shepherd was sick. Mélanie, on the other hand, who was now 14, had been hired out to various farms since the age of 8 or 9.
    We might be inclined to think the image of shepherd is no longer relevant. We might wonder what image Jesus would use in our world to put across the same idea in a way that would touch our own experience. After all, how many of us have actually seen a shepherd guiding a flock?
    Still, the enduring popularity of the 23rd Psalm would seem to indicate that no other image is quite so effective in communicating the loving care God has for us as that of the Shepherd.



Fr. Herman Oberson, M.S.
(Poland), who died March 30, at the age of 80.
Fr. James Weeks, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who died March 30, at the age of 81. He dedicated many years to our missions in Argentina and Bolivia, but returned to the US because of ill health.
Fr. Louis Ouellette, M.S.
(Palm Springs, California), who died March 24, at the age of 80.


Fr. Roger Plante, M.S. (Marietta, Georgia and Enfield, New Hampshire), who is recovering from pneumonia and the flu.
Bro. Claude Rhéaume, M.S.
, Director of the La Salette Community here in Enfield, who continues his recovery after cancer surgery. He returned home to the Shrine on April 18 and is under the care of physical and occupational therapists.
Fr. Stephen Krisanda, M.S.
(Orlando, Florida), who was diagnosed some time ago with a cancerous tumor of the bladder, continues to receive treatments from his physician and the medical team. He is residing comfortably with his family and is grateful for your prayers.
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.


         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!