The Feast of Our Lady of La Salette is Sept. 19. (Photo: Peter Morton)

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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Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
After Sept. 21, the weekend Mass
will be on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

Weekday Masses
Mon., Tues., Wed.: 11:30 a.m.
The last weekday Mass will be on September 24

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)

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.
Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301

Open daily
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Call 603-632-7087

SHRINE NEWS, updated September 15, 2014 (Reflection, Prayer requests)


The Mass Schedule is given above.
Shrine devotions (Rosary, Adoration, etc.) are every Sunday afternoon at 1:00, through Sept. 14.


September 14, 11:50 a.m., Healing Service

Immediately after the 11:00 Mass, the La Salette Prayer Group will conduct our final Healing Service of this year's Shrine Season. We are very grateful to Mark and Madeline Kelley for organizing this event.
Mark and Madeline are well known in charismatic circles, especially for their "Emmaus Retreats" which over 3000 students and adults have experience at La Salette Shrine over the last twelve years.

September 19, 20 and 21, Triduum in Honor of Our Lady of La Salette

Friday, September 19
Mass at 6:30 p.m., followed by an outdoor candlelight procession around the Rosary Pond, and then light refreshments.

Saturday, September 20
Mass at 6:30 p.m., with the renewal of promises by our La Salette Associates, followed by an outdoor candlelight procession around the Rosary Pond.

Sunday, September 21: Solemn Celebration of the 168th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette
Mass at 11:00 a.m., followed by a solemn procession with the statue of the Weeping Mother to the hillside Shrine area. Once there, we will hear once again the beautiful story of the Apparition, after which the statue will be crowned. The service will close with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

We are honored to welcome His Excellency Bishop Eduardo Nevares as our principal celebrant and homilist for all three days of this year's Triduum. There is no Bishop in North America who knows La Salette better or loves La Salette more, since Bishop Nevares was a La Salette priest for over 25 years. He is the first Auxiliary Bishop to be named to the diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. For more information about Bishop Nevares, click here.

The 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  here.

La Salette reflection on Sunday readings

Note: To understand the following 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); NOTE: there are special readings for the weekend of September 20-21.
2) being familiar with the story and message of Our Lady of La Salette (click here to open a pdf page).

September 21, 2014: Mother, Ambassador, Sign (The readings today are from the Mass of Our Lady of La Salette. Genesis 9:8-17; 2 Corinthians 5:16-20; John 19:25-27) (Click here to see the readings.)
Three very different images appear in today’s readings: the rainbow, the role of ambassador, and Mary at the foot of the cross.
    The same Mary who stood at the foot of her Son’s cross received from him another son, the Beloved Disciple and, along with him, all of us as her children. When she appeared at La Salette and spoke to two of her “children,” Maximin and Mélanie, she called them “my children,” not just “children” as a stranger might do. Through them she spoke to us, to all her Calvary-born children.
    The same Mary who came to La Salette as an ambassador from heaven, speaks in her own words the word of St. Paul: “Be reconciled to God!” And she chose for herself the two most unlikely ambassadors imaginable, the same two ignorant children to whom she appeared, telling them to “make this known to all my people.” Today the La Salette Missionaries, the La Salette Sisters, the La Salette Associates and other lay groups have taken on that role, in the same spirit of humility, fully aware of our own inadequacies.
    The same Mary who wept over our sins and the consequences thereof, reminds us at La Salette of the covenant between God and his people—her people, too—which has been neglected and even ridiculed by those to whom it should be so precious. In the light that surrounds her, in the cross she bears, she becomes, like the rainbow, a bright “sign of the covenant.” God has always been faithful. By being faithful in our turn, we can also become signs of the covenant.
    Some of us will be predominantly “ambassadors,” actively advancing the cause of reconciliation and “making the message known” in a public way.
    Some of us will be more discreet “signs of the covenant.” We will quietly go about the business of reconciliation in our own little world and  prayerfully support those carrying the message beyond.
    All of us, however, will be children of the Beautiful Lady. It cannot be otherwise, for she came to us as our Weeping Mother.

September 14, 2014: The Cross of Life, of Peace (Numbers 21:4-9; Philippians 2:6-11;  John 3:13-17) Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
    Before Our Lady of La Salette said a word about her Son, the two children   had already seen his image on the large crucifix resting on Mary’s breast, close to her heart.
    On today’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we might recall some things about that crucifix.
    The brightest thing in the whole Apparition was the crucifix. It appeared to be the source of all the dazzling light described by Mélanie and Maximin.
    On the left side of the cross was a hammer, on the right, a pair of pincers or pliers. Mary never referred to them, but in the light of her message, they have traditionally been seen as representing sin—the hammer nailing Jesus to the cross—and repentance—the pincers removing the nails.
    It is not a stretch of the imagination to see in this crucifix an allusion to the famous text of today’s Gospel: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
    The Gospel passage in turn alludes to a famous story from the book of Numbers, which says that anyone who looked at the bronze serpent, “lived.”
    The Beautiful Lady draws us to look at her Son who has been “lifted up,” and live the eternal life that he died to give us.
    St. Paul uses a stronger expression, “exalted.” The Greek word is the same as “lifted up,” but with the prefix “hyper,” which means “super” or “extra” in English—hence the “greatly” in the translation used in the Lectionary.
    And the consequence of this great lifting up is that the name of Jesus is now “above every other name.” No wonder Our Lady twice mentioned the abuse of that name, before which “every knee should bend.”
    Mary is all about Jesus. She wants us to understand what he has done for us, and to take advantage of it.
    St. Paul supplies another perfect text: “In him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:18-19)



Mrs. Elya Kunjala Devassy (Vadakkan), of India, mother of Fr. Johnny Vadakkan, M.S. (Enfield, New Hampshire). She was called to God on September 13, at the age of 90.
Mr. Dan Pesold, of St. Louis, Missouri, brother-in-law of Fr. John Nuelle, M.S. of Washington, DC. He died on September 11, after a long illness.
Fr. Zdzisław Boguszewski, M.S.
, of Poland, who died August 28, at the age of 63.
Br. Jean Félicien Ranaivomanana, M.S.
, a seminarian in Madagascar, who died August 23, at the age of 27.
Mrs. Shirley Kibbe
, of Enfield, New Hampshire, longtime friend of La Salette of Enfield and member of the La Salette Ladies' Guild, who died on August 19, at the age of 84.


Mr. Larry Corcoran, of West Newbury, Massachusetts, who was operated on for colon cancer on Sept. 12. He is the brother-in-law of Bro. Mark Gallant, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut).
Fr. James Weeks, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
Ilene Reed,
long-time friend of La Salette of Enfield, who is recovering now from a second hospital stay.
Father Alfredo 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 stomach cancer.
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. 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!