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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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NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
by appointment, weather permitting
updated January 19, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)
reflection on Sunday readings
reflections are in calendar order, the most recent appearing
Note: To understand these 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).
January 18, 2015: Curiosity
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Hundreds of years later, St. Paul wrote, “The time is
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
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.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
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.
McCarthy, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut), who died on January
4, 2015, at the age of 64, after a long illness.
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
(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.
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
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.
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!