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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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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 daily, 10:30-4:00 till late October
updated October 13, 2015 (Reflection,
The spectacular picture shown
below was taken in early October by Jim Shibles of Enfield, NH.
Taken from the Shrine hillside, it shows, from right, our Chapel
(long low building), Gift Shop, Cafeteria (behind which you can
see just the roof peak of the North House (where the La Salette
Missionaries live), and two barns—all under the protection of a
double rainbow. This is especially appropriate, as the rainbow
is the sign of God's covenant with humanity after the great
flood, and La Salette is devoted to the cause of Reconciliation
between God and his people.
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.
Beginning September 29: Life in the
|Our Lady of La Salette
Prayer group will present a LIFE IN THE
SPIRIT SEMINAR at the La Salette Shrine for
six consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning
Tuesday September 29 through November 3 from 7PM
to 8:45 PM. Each week the presentations will
begin in the Chapel at 6:45 PM and move to the
cafeteria for discussions ending at 9:00.
Following are the presentations and speakers.
Sept. 29th—God’s Love
by Fr. Roger Plante, M.S.
Oct. 6th—Salvation by Madeline Kelley
Oct. 13th—New Life by Kaye Mirski
Oct. 20th—Receiving God’s Gift by Lisa
Oct. 27th—Holy Mass, Praying for Release
of the Holy Spirit, Celebrant, Fr. René Butler,
Nov. 3rd—Growth & Transformation by Mark
The Life in the Spirit
seminars are designed as an introduction to a
life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They
provide an opportunity for people to find out
more about that life, and to be helped in taking
the first steps of a new relationship with the
Lord. For those who are not Christians at all,
they can serve as an introduction to
Christianity and a time to make a first
commitment to Jesus Christ. For those who are
already Christians, they offer help in a fuller
release of the Holy Spirit to live a deeper
There is no charge but an
offering to the Shrine is appreciated. Any
questions and for further information call
Madeline Kelley at 603.632.5069.
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.
October 11, 2015: Rendering an Account
(Wisdom 7:7-11; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30)
People in the world of finance are not the only ones who
must render an accounting. People entrusted with any
responsibility will at some point have to show how they have
carried it out. Even children have to hand in their homework.
We don’t like to be reminded that we will need to give an
accounting of our lives, but that is what is stated explicitly
in today’s second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews:
“Everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we
must render an account.”
There are audits in finances, and in other fields as well.
In the Church, for example, at least in the U.S., every diocese
is audited by an independent agency to guarantee that the
decisions of the Conference of Bishops for the protection of
children are being implemented. If anything is not as it should
be, the auditors point it out, and expect to see the issue
resolved by the next audit.
An audit is based on criteria. In the message of Our Lady of
La Salette, which—like the word of God—is “sharper than a
two-edged sword,” we find certain basic criteria by which we can
judge the sincerity and depth of our Christian life, of our
faith, of our trust in God, etc.
Before long we will enter into the Year of Mercy proclaimed
by Pope Francis to mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of
Vatican II. There are many possible ways to deepen our
understanding and experience of God’s mercy. Among them would be
to meditate on the implications of the message of La Salette,
which echoes in its unique way the message of the Gospel.
Mercy is integral to the Gospel and to Church teaching.
First and foremost, we recognize it in Jesus as Redeemer. It is
a precious gift, vital to our relationship with the Father, Son
and Holy Spirit. It is integral also to La Salette.
It is a gift for which we “must render an account.” A
personal “mercy audit” could include various questions: “What
difference would it really make in my life if I did not hope for
God’s mercy?” “How have I practiced mercy toward others?” Etc.
At La Salette, Mary’s words remind us that mercy is ours if
only we will ask, and her example shows us that we need to share
the mercy we receive.
October 18, 2015: The Throne of Grace
(Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45)
Today’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews includes the
words: “Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to
receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.”
On reading this, I could not help humming the beautiful
Gregorian Chant setting of this same text, which we used to sing
as the introit (entrance antiphon) of the Mass of Our Lady of La
Salette in my seminary days.
In 1978 the La Salette Mass was translated and revised, and
the introit was changed to a text from Psalm 145:8-9: “The Lord
is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works.”
The dominant theme of both, and what connects them both to
La Salette, is mercy. It will come as no surprise that this
visitation of Mary is often referred to as her “merciful”
The message of La Salette has, as we have often noted, some
harsh sayings addressed to us as sinners. We would rather not
hear those, but they are part and parcel of the prophetic spirit
and language of the Apparition. We need to understand that, like
the prophets, Mary says what she has to say, for our own good.
In spite of our sins, it is never too late for us to turn
back to God. God’s mercy is never refused to those who ask for
it in sincerity of heart. He is “gracious and merciful,” and we
can confidently come before him.
In the Gospel Jesus says he came “to give his life as a
ransom for many,” fulfilling Isaiah’s words: “Through his
suffering my servant shall justify many.” The list of biblical
passages encouraging us to trust in God’s mercy is very long. La
Salette is squarely situated in that same tradition.
Every now and then a priest will meet people who believe
they are beyond God’s mercy. The things they have done seem to
them so terrible, so wrong, that they can’t bring themselves to
ask forgiveness. But “God is greater than our hearts,” as we
read in 1 John. And in Romans St. Paul writes: “If God is for
us, who can be against us?”
Yes, God is for us. We may confidently approach the throne
of grace, where mercy awaits.
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
Mr. Steve Ford, a former La Salette Missionary, who is
dealing with kidney failure.
Mr. Jerry Higgins, who is hospitalized with respiratory
problems. He is the brother of Fr. John Higgins, M.S.
Fr. Henry Dauphinais, M.S. (Attleboro), who had emergency
surgery on Sept. 27, and is recuperating well.
Normand Rainville, nephew of Fr. Paul Rainville, M.S.
(Smyrna, Georgia). Norman was recently rushed to the hospital is
Carey Stenberg, daughter of Mark and Madeline Kelley, who
head up the La Salette Prayer Group here at La Salette of
Enfield. She recently underwent brain surgery and is
Fr. Donald Paradis, M.S. (Attleboro, Massachusetts), now
residing permanently in a nursing home.
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.
Mr. Santo Veccho, who died October 4. He was the brother of
Fr. Egidio Vecchio, M.S. (Sulphur, Louisiana).
Mrs. Katherine Simons, sister of Fr. Bernard Tayloe, M.S.
(Myanmar); she died on September 29.
John Weeks, brother of the late Fr. James Weeks, M.S.
Luis Liendo, Uncle of Bro. Pedro Battistini (Argentina), who
died recently at the age of 90.
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.
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!