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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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MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday, 6:30 p.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)

BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00 noon

GIFT SHOP HOURS
Noon to 8:00 p.m., except:
Dec. 24: Noon to 4:00 p.m. / Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 31: Noon to 4:00 p.m. / Jan. 1-2: Closed

(Winter hours starting January 3
Wed. thru Sun.: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Mon.-Tues.: Closed)


Gift Shop phone: 603-632-4301

INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
Dec. 5-31: 4:00-9:00 p.m.

SHRINE NEWS, updated December 22, 2014 (Reflection)

PROGRAMS

Our 60th annual Christmas Illuminations opened on November 29 and 30.
You can find this year's Christmas Poster by clicking here.
For our Christmas Lights FAQ, click here.
 

60th YEAR OF LIGHTS AT LA SALETTE OF ENFIELD

 

NOTE:  There is no admission charge.

 

December 5-31

  5:00-9:00 Lights on
  NOTE: No cafeteria food service Dec. 24, Dec. 25, or Dec. 31.

Exhibit of Christmas Nativity Sets

  4:00-9:00 December 5-31, or by appointment

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).

December 28, 2014: Hope, Thanks, Hope... (Genesis 15:1-6 & 21:1-3; Hebrews 11:8-19; Luke 2:22-40) Feast of the Holy Family
    Simeon’s prophecy to Mary must have seemed very strange to her. What could he possibly mean by her being pierced with a sword? On Good Friday surely she knew. Seeing Mary’s tears at La Salette, we understand it too.
    Before uttering those words, however, Simeon set the stage with his Nunc dimittis, a brief but glorious song of praise to the God who keeps promises. And after his mysterious saying to Mary, the 84-year-old Anna again took up the theme of thanks and hope.
    At La Salette we find a similar alternating. “Don’t be afraid… Famine is coming… Rocks and stones will turn into heaps of wheat… Make this known…” Like the Gospel—even in the infancy narratives—the message of Our Lady recognizes the reality of the blending of what we might call the “hard” and the “soft” of our lives. The story of Abraham, told in the first reading and commented on in the second, has a similar pattern.
    Life is not all “soft.” Life is not all “hard.” That we prefer one to the other is no great mystery. The farmers who found their potatoes rotting in the ground were rightly frustrated at the hardness of their lives; their fault lay in their abuse of the name of Jesus, blaming God in their fear of not being able to provide for their families.
    Part of the problem was that in previous years, when the harvests were good, they didn’t think to give thanks to God. “Only a few elderly women (like Anna in the Gospel?) go to church.”
    Giving thanks looks to both past and future. In the latter case it is called hope, but the inner reality is substantially the same. This was wonderfully well expressed by Dag Hammarskjold: “For all that has been—Thanks. For all that will be—Yes.”
    The Beautiful Lady wants nothing more nor less than for us to place ourselves trustingly in God’s hands, turning to him in personal prayer, worshiping him with the Christian community. We do so not to “appease” the Lord but to seal our relationship with him as we say, “Thanks—Yes—Thanks—Yes—Thanks—Yes—Thanks—Yes…..”

December 21, 2014: Handmaid, Mother, Model (2 Samuel 7:1-16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38) Fourth Sunday of Advent-B
    In Luke’s Gospel Mary twice calls herself “handmaid”—a poetic English translation for a “female servant”—in today’s story of the Annunciation and, ten verses later in the same chapter, in her “Magnificat.” By it she expresses her eagerness to serve the Lord.
    That desire to serve, naturally, extended also to others. Her cousin Elizabeth, and the bride and groom at Cana, are specifically described as benefiting from it. It is the same spirit that prompted her to appear at La Salette.
    The Beautiful Lady came in the service of her Son, distressed as she was at the abuse of his name and the neglect of his grace. She reminded us also of how active she has always been on our behalf, “pleading constantly” with her Son for us.
    This inclination to act on behalf of others is a manifestation of Mary’s motherhood. It was, after all, in accepting to be the Savior’s mother that she called herself “handmaid.” Mothers are typically “servants” for a significant number of years. Like Our Lady of La Salette, they are deeply solicitous for the well-being of their children and, like her, they weep sometimes.
    In the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, Mary is called Cause of our Joy. In the litany of our lives, we are too often the cause of her sorrow. It doesn’t have to be that way.
    Besides admiring her spirit of service and being thankful for it, we can imitate it. In today’s first reading we see how the desire of God’s “servant” David to do something special for God was rewarded with a promise to be fulfilled in the words of the Angel Gabriel: “Of his kingdom there will be no end.”
    This is by no means an invitation to a comfortable existence. Mary’s life was far from easy: “How long a time I have suffered for you!”
    She dedicated her life to service, exemplifying what St. Paul would later write: “To him who can strengthen you…, to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever.”
    All God’s handmaids and servants seek his glory.

December 14, 2014: Rejoice Always (Isaiah 6:1-2 &10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8 & 19-28) Third Sunday of Advent-B
    When challenges or obstacles come our way, we don’t usually feel like rejoicing. And yet, St. Paul’s call to “Rejoice always,” is not an isolated instance; nor is this idea unique to Paul (cf. James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 4:23).
    Contemplating the image of the Weeping Mother and hearing her challenging message, our initial response may be far from rejoicing. True, we are glad that Mary came, we are grateful, and we joyfully accept the hope that she offers. But even the more difficult parts of the message of La Salette should be received with joy, considering their source and their purpose.
    If you have read the preaching of the John the Baptist in all four Gospels, you have found the same reality. Because he is a Prophet, specially sent by God, he unstintingly speaks words of hope and of reproach, in view of the people’s healing, their turning back to the Lord.
    In Luke 4, Jesus applies today’s reading from Isaiah to himself. His vocation is, among other things, to “bring glad tidings to the poor.” To accomplish that goal he, too, often found himself facing obstacles: criticism from his enemies, misunderstanding from his disciples. He never gave up, and we were saved.
    Mary at La Salette complained, “However much you pray, however much you do, you will never recompense the pains I have taken for you.” She hasn’t given up either.
    In all this we recognize that we are not alone as we face the struggles of life. As Bishop William Ullathorne of Birmingham, England, wrote in 1854, “The apparition of our Mother on the mountain of La Salette is not a new doctrine, it is a new grace. It is the revelation of the love and compassion for us that exist in heaven.”
    So, to quote St. Paul again, “Rejoice always… In all circumstances give thanks.” Our salvation is God’s work. It is his gift. He it is who makes us “perfectly holy” and will preserve us “blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    Troubles come, troubles go, but there is always cause for rejoicing.
 


PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

OUR DECEASED

Mrs. Bertha Lortie, of Fitchburg Massachusetts, sister of Brother Robert Belliveau, M.S. (Fitchburg); she was called to God on November 27.

OUR SICK

Bro. Claude Rhéaume, M.S., Director of the La Salette Community here in Enfield, who has been diagnosed with a sarcoma at the bottom of his spinal column.
Mrs. Patricia Byrne,
of Melrose, Massachusetts, sister of Fr. John Higgins, M.S. (Winchester, Massachusetts). She is being treated for septicemia.
Fr. Bernard Baris, M.S.,
(Brewster, Massachusetts), recovering from a partial knee replacement.
Mrs. Silvia Velarde de Ponce
, sister of Fr. Alfredo Velarde, M.S. (Las Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina), who has undergone a second operation for stomach cancer and her condition is precarious.
Fr. Gerard Boulanger, M.S.
(Attleboro, Massachusetts) has been transferred to Genesis Life Care Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he will continue regular dialysis while undergoing physical and occupational therapy.
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.), who 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!