The facsimile of the Apparition as it looks today

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.

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Fr. René J. Butler, M.S., Director
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SHRINE NEWS, updated February 23, 2015 (Reflection, Prayer requests)

La Salette reflection on Sunday readings

Note: To understand these 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).

The reflections are in calendar order, the most recent appearing last.)

February 22, 2015: The Rainbow (Genesis 9:8-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15) First Sunday of Lent, Year B
   
The first reading for this First Sunday of Lent is also the first reading for the Mass of Our Lady of La Salette. Coincidence? I don’t think so!
    In the mountain region of Ararat,  God promised Noah and his family that he would never again destroy all living things with a flood. In the mountain region of the Alps, a Beautiful Lady came, to try to prevent the destruction we bring on ourselves by our indifference to the things of faith.
    And as if he could really forget his promise, God arranged a reminder for himself. “I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign... When the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made.” This implies that we, likewise, will (or should) remember God’s covenant whenever we see the rainbow.
    The bow, an ancient symbol of war, becomes now a sign of peace. God is starting over, re-creating the world, reconciling humanity to himself, and promising that he will never again give up on us.
    The light that Maximin and Mélanie saw, and which actually made up the whole of the Apparition, is very much like a rainbow, which can be seen only, but not touched. That makes La Salette, like the rainbow, a perfect sign, not a “thing” in itself but pointing to something else.
    Fr. Roger Castel, a French La Salette Missionary, speaking of apparitions in general, used to quote a Chinese proverb to this effect: “When the wise one points at the moon, the fool looks only at the wise one’s finger.” Fr. Castel then would go on to define an apparition as “an extraordinary sign of God’s ordinary presence in the world.”
    That is so true for La Salette, especially when we see Mary’s concern for the ordinary things of the lives of ordinary people, and her desire to open the eyes of her people to the love and blessings God wishes and promises to bestow on them.
    A rainbow is not just a thing of beauty. It radiates not only color but hope. That is the point of today’s reading from Genesis. That is the point of the Apparition and the Message of Our Lady of La Salette.

March 1, 2015: Transfigured (Genesis 22:1-18; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10) Second Sunday of Lent, Year B
    Last week I mentioned that the Genesis reading about the rainbow is used also in the Mass of Our Lady of La Salette. This week there is a similar coincidence.
    At the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in France, the stained-glass window over the entrance to the Basilica depicts the Transfiguration of Jesus, which is the subject of today’s Gospel.
    What is the connection? Well, both involve a blinding brightness. But there is much more.
    Jesus appears with Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets. He is the fulfillment of both. Mary at La Salette, speaking in a typically prophetic style, recalls us to our duties of worship and prayer, of honoring the Lord’s Day and respecting the Lord’s name.
    In the Transfiguration, the voice from heaven says, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” That is ultimately what the Beautiful Lady came to say. She asked nothing for herself, but asked her people to turn back to her Son. “Listen,” in the Bible, as often in other languages, can mean “obey” or, in the context of the Beautiful Lady’s message, “submit.”
    Abraham, our father in faith, is a perfect model of submission. Some assume that in his heart he must surely have questioned or even rebelled against God’s command that he sacrifice his son. In this text, however, there is no hint of any such attitude. The Scripture does state that this was a test, so we may be justified in thinking Abraham experienced it as such, but that is all.
    “If God is for us, who can be against us?” writes St. Paul. La Salette is a reminder that God is for us indeed, and that he asks of us the submission of faith exemplified by Abraham.
    Someone once described the La Salette Missionaries as “a group of religious men living together among the people of God, in order to bring the people of God together.” Yes, our goal in bringing Mary’s message to the world is to gather people to her Son, the Son of God, so that all of us, and our world, too, through the submission of faith, may be “transfigured” in his light.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

OUR VISITORS

Very Rev. Fr. Silvano Marisa, M.S., the Superior General of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, and three members of the General Council: Fr. Adilson Schio, M.S., Fr. Henryk Przeździecki, M.S. and Fr. Efren Musngi, M.S. are currently conducting a formal visit of all the La Salette communities and works in North America. Frs. Marisa and Musngi are visiting our Enfield community this week. The purpose of the visit is to offer fraternal support to us in our works and ministries, as well as to our La Salette laity. Please pray that we may all be renewed in the process.

OUR DECEASED


Fr. Justino Maquina Makunde, M.S.
(Angola), who died in a car accident on February 9, at the age of 34.
Fr. Edward Cieśla, M.S.
(Poland), who was called to God on February 3, at the age of 78.
Mr. Joseph Vadakkapurath
, of India, who died on January 31 at the age of 65, brother-in-law of Fr. Johny Vadakkan, M.S. (Enfield, New Hampshire).
Fr. Pierre Le Roux, M.S.
(France) who died on January 27, at the age of 79.


OUR SICK

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 concern.
Bro. Claude Rhéaume, M.S.
, Director of the La Salette Community here in Enfield, had a long and complex cancer operation in two parts, on February 11 and 12. His recovery continues well, and the nurses had him on his feet very briefly on February 24.
Fr. Arthur Lueckenotto, M.S.
(Madagascar) is very ill and suffering from cardiac complications. 79 years old, he has returned to the US for evaluation..
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 tests.
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.

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!