Christmas in July? Nativity exhibit open daily.

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.

Office e-mail

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
Personal e-mail

WELCOME to La Salette of Enfield, NH
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MASS SCHEDULE
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

Weekday Masses
Mon., Tues., Wed.: 11:30 a.m.

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.

Call 603-632-7087

SHRINE NEWS, updated July 21, 2014 (Reflection)

PROGRAMS

The Mass Schedule is given above.
Shrine devotions (Rosary, Adoration, etc.) will be every Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

COMING UP:

July 27, Healing Service with Fr. Marc Montminy

Fr. Marc Montminy is Pastor of St. Michael parish in Exeter, New Hampshire. He was for many years Pastor at Sainte Marie parish in Manchester. His experience with the Charismatic Renewal began in his seminary years. In 1995 he, together with Sr. Mary Anne Laughlin SND, opened Joseph House retreat center and house of prayer in Manchester.
For more information about Fr. Montminy, you can watch a half-hour interview, from a few years ago, at the following website:

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=ZYKDGNNX

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).

July 27, 2014: Hidden Treasure (1 Kings 3:5-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52) 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    If anyone calls you “a Solomon,” it’s a high compliment. The wisdom of Solomon is, after all, legendary, and when the Queen of Sheba came “to test him with subtle questions,… there remained nothing hidden from him that he could not explain to her” (1 Kings 10). He was a genuine “universal man.”
    And yet, how different from the persons in the Gospel parables who find buried treasure or fine pearls, or separate good fish from bad. Their “wisdom” is a symbol of the Kingdom of God.
    The wisdom of the characters in the parables lies in their single-mindedness . They are focused on one thing. It’s like when Jesus says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.“ (Matthew 6:33)
    One might think of Mary at La Salette as one who provides a map to the treasure, except in this case the treasure isn’t buried at all. It is, as the saying goes, hidden in plain sight.
    Spiritual writers today often comment on how hard it is to live such busy lives and at the same time grow in our faith. Even without the various distractions created by forms of entertainment, so many demands are placed on most people that there’s no time for God. We forget the value of the Lord’s Day, the weekly “time out” that is intended to remind us that we are more than our work.
    “Be still and know that I am God,” we read in Psalm 46. There are two elements: 1) Stop what you are doing, and 2) Get to know me. Sunday worship and Sunday rest respond to both.
    Today’s Responsorial Psalm expresses delight in knowing God’s command, precepts and decrees.  Contrary to modern thinking, these are seen as signs of his compassion, for they manifest his will and bestow wisdom on those who love them.
    When Bishop Libasci of Manchester visited La Salette of Enfield, NH on June 29, 2014, he drew the connection between God’s rest on the seventh day and Mary’s reminder of the Lord’s Day and the saying of Jesus, “Come to me, all you who labor… and I will give you rest.”
    So simple, so obvious (once you see it), so wise.

July 20, 2014:Twin Ministries (Wisdom 12:13-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43) 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    When I was a student in Rome, I often took a bus that passed in front of a government building, Ministero di Grazia e Giustizia, the Ministry of Mercy and Justice. It has since become only the Ministry of Justice. Too bad.
    “Your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all,” says the author of the Book of Wisdom in his lengthy meditation on God’s saving deeds.
    At La Salette, Mary exercised that same double ministry, which belong together.
    As Minister of Justice, she does not hold back from accusing her people of the wrong they are doing and the good they are failing to do. She drives her point home by using strong language: “If my people refuse to submit...However much you do, however much you pray, you will never be able recompense the pains I have taken for you.”
    But she appears primarily in the role of Minister of Mercy. Tears and promises and the crucifix on her breast make that obvious.
    “When he celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and of the just and impartial judge whose judgment is both just and merciful.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1465)
    La Salette Missionaries who have worked at La Salette in France and at other Shrines throughout the world have ample opportunity to recognize the truth of that statement.
    The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds is a striking illustration of this same reality. With Jesus there is no rush to judgment. All in due time.
    One does not have to be a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette or a La Salette Associate to carry out the twin ministries of Mercy and Justice. There are many ways of attracting people to give up sin and follow Jesus more closely, by our life-style (think of Pope Francis), by our attitude, by the peace flowing from us as we follow the Lord.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

OUR DECEASED

Mrs. Sharon Buczacki, who was for many years the bookkeeper at the La Salette Offices in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. Francis Patrick Sheridan,
of East Hartford, Connecticut, who died July 11, at the age of 61, brother of Fr. Brian Sheridan, M.S. (Smyrna, Georgia).
Mrs. Susan Bradley,
of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, who died July 11, at the age of 51, after a brave struggle with cancer.
Mr. Edmund Normantowicz,
of Westfield, Massachusetts, father of Bro. Edmund Normantowicz, M.S. (Hartford). He died July 8, at the age of 90.
Fr. Peter Kohler, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who died suddenly June 28, at the age of 73.
Fr. Michael Flanagan, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), who died June 22, at the age of 82.


OUR SICK

Ilene Reed, long-time friend of La Salette of Enfield, who is recovering from a recent 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.
Fr. Jack Garvey, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), admitted to the hospital for tests.
Fr. James Weeks, M.S.
(Clinton, Massachusetts), whose surgery had to be cancelled.
Fr. Egidio Vecchio, M.S.
(Sulphur, Louisiana), admitted to the hospital for tests.
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, who continues to make excellent progress at home, and is grateful for your prayers.
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.

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!