Announcing: Christmas Lights
coming soon! (See below)
our lady OF
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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Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
minutes before the weekend Mass
Or call at any time to see if a priest is available.
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)
GIFT SHOP HOURS
Noon to 4:00
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 to 4:00
Gift Shop phone:
Wednesdays, 10:00 to noon
INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Open by appointment
updated November 19, 2015 (Reflection,
ILLUMINATIONS TO BEGIN NOVEMBER 28
Theme: "Open the
Door to Mercy"
(To see a pdf
version of this year's poster, click
here. Feel free to print them
up and put them on public bulletin boards, in shops that will
accept them, etc.)
Opening Weekend: November 28 & 29
Saturday, November 28 2:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
2:30-4:00 p.m. Preparing as Family for Advent
4:15 p.m. Plainfield Chimers
5:00 p.m. Opening Service & Manger Blessing.
Lights on till 9:00
Sunday, November 29 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Santa … & the Christmas Story Pageant
Ornament making, film, refreshments, gifts.
Lights on 5:00-9:00
No lights Nov.30 to Dec. 3
Starting Friday, Dec. 4:
Lights on Nightly thru December 31st 5 p.m. -
Friday 7:30 p.m. December 4, 11, 18
Saturday 7:30 p.m. December 5, 12, 19
(all on Saturday)
December 5 Wrensong, 5:15
December 12 “Father Pat.” 3:30 and 5:15
December 19 Mount Royal Academy, 5:15
Mass, Saturday 6:30 p.m.
Confessions, Saturday 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.
Over 450 Crèches, open daily during Lights,
No Admission fee;
Donations gratefully accepted
available in Cafeteria
We invite you to bring a non-perishable item for
the local food bank.
A printable pdf version
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.
reflection on Sunday readings
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).
reflections are in calendar order.
November 15, 2015: Signs, Lessons, Times
(Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-18, Mark 13:24-32)
The prophet Daniel speaks of a “time unsurpassed in
distress.” Every generation of humanity has experienced such
times, it seems.
Mary said at La Salette, “I warned you last year with the
potatoes.” She was referring to the fact that already in 1845
there had been a blight on the potatoes. Her people,
unfortunately, had failed to recognize the sign, and just blamed
God for their distress.
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us to “learn a lesson from the
fig tree” (which for the purpose could really be any tree). The
annual cycle of leaves and fruit and harvest is a sure sign of
the seasons. He also indicates other, enigmatic but dramatic,
signs of the Second Coming.
On the one hand, he says that we should notice the signs; on
the other, no one but the
Father knows the day or the hour. So, we might well ask, what is
the point of observing signs if we don’t know precisely what
The answer lies In one of the documents of the Second
Vatican Council, where we read: “The Church has always had the
duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting
them in the light of the Gospel.” The La Salette Missionaries
have from the beginning had a special concern for confronting
the evils “of the time.”
Times change, signs change, and we need to learn to
recognize and interpret them. Even things that seem to have no
direct religious or moral significance, like blighted potatoes,
can be signs when viewed from a perspective of faith.
In the Catholic tradition, we do not devote much attention
to predicting when the Second Coming will be. But this does not
mean we ignore the signs. Indeed, the fact that we do not know
the day or hour makes us especially attentive, so that we may be
ready to welcome the Lord when he does come.
By nature, a sign directs our attention to something else,
something beyond itself. In the La Salette perspective, the
signs that matter most are those that hint at Reconciliation.
They might point to a challenge or a comfort. Depending on the
“times,” either can bring us closer to Christ, to his Church, to
the service of our neighbor.
November 22, 2015: Thy Kingdom Come
(Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8, John 18:33-37)
The word “Kingdom” appears much less in John than the
other three Gospels, but in today’s passage it occurs three
times in one verse!
For most of us, the word “Kingdom” refers to a form of
government associated with a place we can find on a map. In the
New Testament, however, that use of the word is rare, and Jesus
states explicitly that his Kingdom is not territorial, that it
does not “belong to this world.”
In what sense, then, is it a Kingdom? Some of the more
modern renditions include dominion, reign, rule, kingship, even
“holy people” and “God’s work.” In today’s reading from the Book
of Revelation, we hear that we are the Kingdom.
These all imply a relationship between the “King” and his
From our point of view, seeing Jesus as King means more than
imagining him sitting on a throne wearing a crown and holding a
scepter. It means we accept his authority, his reign over us. If
not, then Christ the King is no different from King Juan Carlos
of Spain—an interesting personality, maybe, but of little or no
importance to most of us.
That is the problem Our Lady came to address at La Salette.
The kingship, the authority of God and of her Son, was of little
or no importance to her people, the Christians she came to
Instead of calling today’s feast that of Christ the King,
which is a bit abstract, we might think of it as the feast of
Christ our King.
Other images might work equally well. We are disciples of
Christ our Teacher. We are servants of Christ our Master.
Such expressions cannot be just a matter of words, or a
routine formula. They have to mean for us what they say. The
best way to make sure they do is to desire, truly, from the
depths of our heart, to know the will of Jesus in our lives, to
accept it, and to carry it out as faithfully as we can. That is
the commitment we make when we pray, “Thy Kingdom come.”
Not for nothing the Beautiful Lady encourages us to say an
Our Father (and a Hail Mary), every evening and morning.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
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
Fr. Joseph Ross, M.S. (Enfield, NH), admitted to the
hospital on November 19 with a brain hemorrhage; he seems to be
Mr. Robert Higgins, brother of Fr. John Higgins, M.S.
(Winchester, Massachusetts), who suffered a heart attack.
Br. Paul Maceyka (Hartford, CT), recently hospitalized with
Fr. James Donagher, M.S. (Hartford, CT), admitted to the
hospital for tests.
Fr. Donald Jeffrey, M.S. (Attleboro, MA), recovering from a
Mr. René Henault, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 89 years old,
who in a nursing home for rehabilitation. He is the father of Fr. James
Henault, M.S. (Orlando, Florida).
Mr. Steve Ford, a former La Salette Missionary, who is
dealing with kidney failure.
Fr. Henry Dauphinais, M.S. (Attleboro), recovering from
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
particularly to Fr. Max.
Br. Albert Girard, M.S. (La Salette, France), who died
November 17, at the age of 70.
Fr. Donald Paradis, M.S. (Attleboro, Massachusetts), who
died on October 20.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O
Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
JUST SO YOU
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.