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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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CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
4th Tuesdays (Call 603-632-5069 for information)
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
GIFT SHOP WINTER HOURS
Wednesday thru Sunday
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
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NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
by appointment, weather permitting
updated March 24, 2015 (Reflection,
Holy Thursday: No Mass
at La Salette. See local parish schedules.
Good Friday: For the
liturgical Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, see local
Salette will, however, have the Good Friday Stations of the
Cross at 2:15 on April 3.
EASTER VIGIL: 7:30 p.m.,
Easter Sunday: No Mass
at La Salette. See local parish schedules.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
A pilgrimage for the
celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday will take place here at La
Salette on April 12.
The program will include:
Veneration of the Divine Mercy image
Mass at 2:00
The Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00.
THE FUTURE OF LA SALETTE OF ENFIELD
A formal meeting, known as a
Chapter, will take place on April 13 in Attleboro,
Massachusetts, to take up the question of La Salette Shrine in
Enfield. As many as 71 La Salette Missionaries might be present
to consider the alternatives. (The least likely option is that
the Shrine would simply be closed. The discussion is more likely
to concern the question of who will manage and staff it.)
Please pray that the Holy
Spirit may guide our deliberations.
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, the most recent appearing
2015: Drawn to Christ
(Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33) Fifth
Sunday of Lent
Wheat is mentioned six times in the discourse of Our Lady of
La Salette. The concrete context is the coming famine. Jesus’
mention of wheat in today’s Gospel, on the other hand, is
symbolic of his death, of his being “lifted up” and “drawing
everyone to himself.”
Therein lies the link to the Apparition. St. John adds that
Jesus was “indicating the kind of death he would die.” Mary
wears a large crucifix on her breast, in order to remind us of
the kind of death Jesus did die for us.
She enters into that reality, and so also into that same
purpose. To “draw everyone” to him, she encourages, she pleads,
she weeps and warns and promises—something for everyone, so to
In her prophetic role, she seeks to draw us to yet another
renewal of that covenant prophesied by Jeremiah and sealed in
the blood of her Son, “the blood of the new and eternal
covenant,” as we hear in every Eucharist. Drawing her people
back to the Mass, Mary draws them to Jesus: to be fed by his
word, as well as by his Body and Blood.
Jesus also declares, “Where I am, there also my servant will
be,” This perfectly describes Mary, the handmaid of the Lord,
present not only in his infancy and youth, but at Cana early in
his public life, and at Calvary, and now with him in heaven.
At La Salette she wants us to be “where” Jesus is; she
recalls where we can encounter him: in prayer and the Eucharist,
in the Sabbath rest.
This encounter lies also at the heart of our Lenten
practices, which are meant to lead to repentance, forgiveness
and reconciliation in and through Christ Jesus. Mary’s concern
is not only whether her people are faithful to the discipline of
abstinence during Lent, but even more whether they are faithful
to the Lord himself.
Repentance has two elements: regret for having given
offence, and the resolve not to offend again. The Beautiful Lady
does indeed reproach us for our offences, but her goal is to
draw us to genuine repentance, an abiding relationship with him
who became “the source of eternal salvation for all who obey
2015: Lest we Forget (Mark 11:1-10;
Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 – 15:47)
In his Passion, Jesus was humiliated and insulted in
many ways and by a variety of people. Suffering Servant that he
was, he made his the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “I gave my
back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my
beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.”
Mary at La Salette singled out similar instances: “Those who
drive the carts cannot swear without throwing in my Son’s name.”
“They go to church only to make fun of religion.”
Among the humiliations Jesus suffered was his being
abandoned by his disciples at his arrest. Mark’s account has a
curious detail not found in the other evangelists: “A young man
followed him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body.
They seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran off
What can have prompted such behavior? Sheer terror, surely,
but more than that. The disciple, in that critical moment,
forgot why he was there in the first place. He forgot who Jesus
was, all that Jesus had done. All he could think of was himself.
Those whom Our Lady called “my people” had forgotten their
Christian heritage. Terror at the prospect of famine, in
particular, focused their attention and efforts on their
survival and that of their children.
This terror was compounded, however, by a general neglect of
their religion or, to be more exact, by a general neglect of the
religious expression of their faith. This trend had spread in
France after the French Revolution. There was a deliberate
choice to suppress religious feeling and influence in the public
sphere, culminating in the expulsion of Religious Orders,
including the La Salette Missionaries, in 1901. It was a
conscious forgetting, not only of religious practice, but of
This is not unlike the crowd that cried, “Crucify him,”
forgetting the Hosannas with which they had welcomed Jesus into
the Holy City.
Mary came to La Salette, determined not to let her people
forget God’s love, manifested, more than anywhere else, in the
death of his Son.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Fr. Louis Ouellette, M.S. (Palm Springs, California), who
died March 24, at the age of 80.
Velarde de Ponce (Argentina), sister of Fr. Alfredo Velarde,
M.S., who died after a long battle with cancer.
Fr. Roman Gorczyński, M.S. (Poland), who died on March 11,
at the age of 61.
Mr. Lewis Melanson,
of Colebrook, New Hampshire, who died on March 7. He was the
brother of Brother Leonard Melanson, M.S. (Hartford,
Her cancer has spread, and she has had a stroke.
Rhéaume, M.S., Director of the La Salette Community here in
Enfield, continues his recovery. On March 7 he was transferred
to the rehab at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont.
Fr. James Lowery, M.S., (Hartford, Connecticut) who has
moved permanently to a nursing home.
Fr. Louis Ouellette, M.S. (California), who has recently
been hospitalized and is currently recuperating in a rehab
Fr. Joseph Ross,
M.S. (Enfield, New Hampshire), 86, has virtually no sight in
his right eye, and his left eye is now becoming a cause of
Fr. Arthur Lueckenotto, M.S.
(Madagascar) is very ill and suffering from cardiac
complications. 79 years old, he has returned to the US for
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. He continues to undergo
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. 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!