The Nativity sets in the A-frame Chapel can always be viewed by appointment.

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
till May 24, 2014
Sunday Vigil Mass, every Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
See information on Divine Mercy Sunday below

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
thru May 23, 2014
Wednesday thru Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, closed

Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301

INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Open by appointment

Call 603-632-7087

SHRINE NEWS, updated April 21, 2014 (Reflection, Prayer requests)

DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE
Here at La Salette of Enfield we are hosting a pilgrimage to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
The date this year is April 27. The program will be as follows.
12:30-2:00 p.m., a priest will be available for Confessions.
2:00 p.m., the Eucharist will be celebrated: priests are welcome to concelebrate. The main celebrant will be Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Shrine Director.
3:00 p.m., the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited, followed by veneration of the relic of Sr. Faustyna


PROGRAMS

The Shrine theme for 2014 will be Reconciliation. We will incorporate also the Year of the Family proclaimed by Pope Francis.

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).

April 27, 2014: Living Faith, Faithful Living (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31) Second Sunday of Easter, Year A
    Faith and life go together. They are mutually enriching. St. John tells the story of Thomas to emphasize the importance of faith. The book of Acts shows the impact of faith on the life of the first Christians. St. Peter focuses on the need for a faith that is genuine.
    The message of La Salette dovetails perfectly with all of the above.
    Mary didn’t directly accuse her people of a lack of faith. She strongly implied, however, that what faith they did possess had little impact on their lives. Even the two children had to admit they hardly ever prayed.
    A little over 30 years ago I was preparing parents and godparents for a baptism. I asked them what aspect of their faith was most important to them. I was expecting they might say “the Mass” or “Jesus dying on the cross,” etc. They looked at me blankly, and finally one of them said, “Well, I believe in God, if that’s what you mean.”
    Such faith is far from resembling the fire-tried gold St. Peter writes of. It is not enough simply to believe that something is true. We have to ask, “So what?”
    I think this largely describes the situation that the Blessed Virgin came to remedy. She pointed out the behaviors and neglect that showed just how superficial her people’s faith had become. She also did not hesitate to speak of the consequences of sin in her people’s life.
    If we look at today’s Catholics, we see living faith in some places and many individuals, and sickly, even dying faith in others. Mary addresses the latter in much of her discourse, but concluding with “You will make this known to all my people,” she calls us to join her in the effort to revive faith where it is feeble.
    This means we ourselves need to have deep faith, to recognize and demonstrate its power to transform lives. If with St. Thomas we can proclaim, “My Lord and My God” in everything we do, who knows what God may accomplish through us?
    Sin has its consequences, yes. But so does faith.

April 20, 2014: Hearing, Believing, and... (Sunday readings: Acts 4:37-43; Col. 3:1-4 OR 1 Cor. 5:1-8; John 20:1-9) Easter Sunday, Year A
    Mary Magdalene saw… nothing! The tomb was empty. The disciple whom Jesus loved saw the same empty tomb, but “he saw and believed.”
    The next generation of disciples, many of whom had never seen Jesus, had to hear in order to believe. We find  this in the first reading, Peter and his companions sharing their experience and their faith, as “witnesses.” As St. Paul writes in Romans 10: “Faith comes from what is heard,” and, just before that, “How can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?”
    Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud saw… a Beautiful Lady. That’s all. It was someone else who first “heard and believed,” that is, understood who that Lady had to be. Not all who heard what the children had to say became believers, but no one has ever believed who did not first hear (or read) the story of La Salette.
    Faith in La Salette is not the same as faith in the Gospel. Only the latter is necessary for salvation.
    That said, the whole point of the Apparition is to lead us back to the Gospel. All Christian witness by definition leads to Christ, and specifically to the resurrection and to “the sure and certain hope” that comes to us from that event. La Salette follows that same route.
    If La Salette had led in any other direction than that of the Gospel, it could never have been approved. Witnessing to La Salette, as Maximin and Mélanie did, and as La Salette Missionaries and La Salette Associates do today, is ultimately one of the ways in which hearing leads to faith, or at least to a renewal of faith, in Jesus Christ, Risen from the dead.
    “Seek what is above,” writes St. Paul to the Colossians. Mary, too, invites us to lift our gaze up from our troubles in this world and recognize what matters even more than the life of the body.
    The message of La Salette remains a splendid reminder of the importance of the life of faith, and of the need to nourish it. Having heard, we believe. Having believed, we become... witnesses.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

OUR DECEASED

Mr. Leo Brissette of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, who died April 19 at the age of 84. He was the father-in-law of Mr. Rick Smith, our hired handyman here at La Salette of Enfield.
Mr. Joseph Michael Sheridan,
who died on March 21, at the age of 53. He was the brother of Fr. Brian Sheridan, M.S. (Smyrna, Georgia).


OUR SICK

Mrs. Lugarde Baris, in hospital, mother of Fr. Bernard Baris, M.S. (Brewster, Massachusetts)
Fr. Michael Flanagan, M.S.
(Hartford, Connecticut), in hospital for tests.
Fr. Arthur Lueckenotto, M.S.
(Madagascar), in hospital after his motor bike fell on him, breaking bones in his leg.
Fr. Fernand Cassista, M.S.
(Attleboro, Massachusetts), in rehab after hospital stay for respiratory difficulties.
Fr. James Donagher, M.S.,
Hartford, Connecticut (in rehab after a hospital stay).
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

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!