The Rosary Pond is the most peaceful spot at the Shrine.

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

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

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

CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
2nd & 4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)
GIFT SHOP HOURS

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


INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Open daily
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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SHRINE NEWS, updated August 13, 2014 (Prayer requests)

PROGRAMS

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

COMING UP:

August 31, 2:00 p.m., talk: "Reconciler of Sinners."

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director of La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH, will begin with the fact that Our Lady of La Salette is invoked as “Reconciler of Sinners,” and ask how this can be, since Jesus is the One Reconciler. This will lead to a review of many of the titles given to Mary and how they are understood in the Catholic tradition.
Fr. Butler has been Director of La Salette of Enfield since 2011. In 41 years of priesthood he has served in seminaries (Professor and Director), parishes (Vermont, Florida, Massachusetts, and England), and has twice served as Secretary General of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in Rome.
There is no admission fee. Freewill offerings are gratefully accepted.

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

Mark your calendar for Masses at 6:30 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday, and at 11:00 a.m. on the Sunday.
More information to follow in coming weeks.

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: 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).

August 17, 2014: Two Women (Isaiah 56:1-7; Romans 11:13-15 & 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28) 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Today’s Gospel is one that many find puzzling, shocking, offensive even. A woman comes to Jesus, pleading for her child’s well-being; how can he compare her to a dog simply because she is not Jewish?
    Our Lady of La Salette compared “her people” to dogs simply because they ate meat during Lent. Today’s Lenten discipline is much less demanding than it was in 1846, but the painful impact of the phrase “like dogs” is by no means diminished.
    Search the Scriptures for “dog” and “dogs,” and only in the Book of Tobit will you find a dog that appears to be a companion animal, a pet. None of the other 40-or-so references to dogs implies the least affection for them.
    Apart from the offending phrase, however, the Beautiful Lady is much more like the woman in this story. Mary says, “If I want my Son not to abandon you, I am obliged to plead with him constantly.” The Canaanite woman is in the same situation, “calling out” after Jesus and his disciples.
    Their concern is similar, too. The woman wants her daughter to be delivered from a demon. Mary wants her people to be delivered from the danger they have fallen into because of their failure to recognize the blessings of their Christian faith.
    For example, we read today in the prophet Isaiah, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Mary says, “In the summer, only a few elderly women go to Mass. The rest work on Sunday all summer long. In the winter, when they don’t know what to do, they go to Mass just to make fun of religion.”
    Similarly St. Paul writes to the Gentile Christians of Rome: “You once disobeyed God but have now received mercy.” At La Salette, the Blessed Virgin weeps over our disobedience, even as she invites us to “submit” to her Son, which is the same as saying “return to his mercy.”
    How fortunate was that child to have a mother whose faith, as Jesus observed, was so great that she was able to submit to his unflattering analogy. How fortunate we are to have Mary as our Mother urging us to submit to his love.

August 10, 2014: Grief and Hope (1 Kings 19:9-13; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33) 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans devotes three whole chapters to his concern for his own people, the Jews. In his missionary travels, he always went to the local synagogue to bring the Good News first to them. It was so obvious to him that Jesus was the promised Messiah, that he could not understand why it wasn’t so obvious to others who also knew the Law and the Prophets.
    It is not hard to see a parallel to La Salette. It was concern for her people that moved the Blessed Virgin to show herself weighed down by the chain of their sins and, in some ways worse, by their seemingly total indifference to the things of God.
    Mary could have chosen any of many possible ways to appear and to express herself. Her prophetic and even severe utterances could have been accompanied by wind, earthquake or fire. She chose tears instead, not so different, really, from the “tiny whispering sound” Elijah heard, in the first reading. She chose a tone and manner calculated to dispel the fears of Mélanie and Maximin.
    Both St. Paul and the Beautiful Lady are grieved to see their people’s refusal to recognize the gift of God, but they do not rail against them.
    “O you of little faith,” Jesus says to Peter, “why did you doubt?” That question, fundamentally, is the same one raised by Mary and by St. Paul. Why do their people doubt? Why can’t they see?
    As believers, we deal with the same question, as we see friends and family members abandoning the practice of their faith, or espousing another religion, or announcing they no longer believe in God. We continue to love and respect them as before, hopefully, but there is no denying our disappointment and sadness. If we try to coax them back, we can be worse off, frustrated ourselves and resented by them. Often the best we can do is pray, placing them in the Lord’s hands.
    If you have had this experience, then you are in a special position to understand the grief expressed by St. Paul and Our Lady of La Salette. Let them also teach you hope. Paul never gave up on his people, Mary never gives up on hers.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

OUR DECEASED

Mrs. Bernardine Dugan Williams, of Marietta, Georgia, a longtime friend of the La Salette Missionaries in Georgia, who died August 11 at the age of 86.
Mr. Brian Gallant,
of Windham, New Hampshire, who died August 8. He was the brother of Brother Mark Gallant, M.S. (Hartford, Connecticut).
Fr. Fernand Cassista, M.S.,
of Attleboro, Massachusetts, who died July 31 at the age of 76.
Mrs. Colleen Alexander,
of Hinesberg, Vermont, who died July 21 at the age of 50. She was the sister of Michael Kirby, longtime friend of La Salette of Enfield.


OUR SICK

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.

 



Grounds
         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.

Pavilion
        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!