La Salette America

Untitled-1The wonderful song, The Circle of Life, from the movie, The Lion King, says it well:

It's the Circle of Life and it moves us all
Through despair and hope, through faith and love
Till we find our place on the path unwinding
In the Circle – the Circle of Life.

As La Salette Missionaries, we can be very proud that Mary’s mission to make her message known to all her people is still be carried out in more than twenty-three countries around the world. In our Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, we have recently celebrated several events for which we should thank God.

We recently celebrated the renewal of vows of Bro. Paul Jussen, M.S., who is istudying at Chicago Theological Union. He renewed his vows at the La Salette Shrine Church in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. On below left, he renews his vows before Fr. Phil Negley, our Provincial Superior; on right Bro. Paul (center in black) is joined by (L to R) Fr. Jim Stajkowski, M.S., Fr. Ray Cadran, M.S. (Paul’s Director in Chicago), Fr. Phil Negley, M.S., Fr. Gerry Lebanowski, M.S. and Bro. Tony Sepanik, M.S.

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In the summer the fresh sound of the fountains of the Rosary
Pond give a calming effect to a tour of the National Shrine
(photo: Becky Arbut)
ATTLEBORO, Mass. — A man quietly sits in the Chapel of Light, head bowed while praying with a Rosary in his hand. Frogs call to each other as the fountains in the Rosary Pond add the soothing sound of rushing water to the picturesque scene. Best known for its Festival of Lights at Christmas time, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro is open year-round to offer more than just a celebration of lights — the shrine offers respite for those looking for personal reflection, solitude and prayer.

“This is one of the best-kept secrets in Attleboro,” said Brother David Eubank, MS. “People tell me that they come to this property and they’re in such turmoil; then they come to the property and it’s almost like coming home. They leave in total serenity; just to be around and sense the presence of the Blessed Mother, Jesus and the Eternal Father in all His glory.”

Editor: This article describes part of the project that is being financed by the "project money" that the Parish of Our Lady of La

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Paulo Reglus Neves Freire,
Ph.D (1921–1997) was best
known for his influential work,
“Pedagogy of the Oppressed,”
which is considered one of
the foundational texts of the
critical pedagogy movement.
Salette in Cordoba, Yofre Norte, Argentina is running.

Doctor Paulo Freire, a noted Brazilian educator and philosopher, a champion of empowerment and transformation, said: "We all know something, we all ignore something, so we always learn…” In another place he said: “The oppressed must be their own example in the struggle for their redemption.”

Literacy Meetings in Villa Esquiú and El Quebrachal

In the parishes of Our Lady of Valle in Villa Esquiú and Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Quebrachal in the "Something Different” Cooperative, there is a program for beginning catechists, provided for by the Parish Project with the support of the Team for Mental Health, under the support and supervision of the priests and parishioners. It has begun to establish “literacy spaces” for people in these communities.

For some time there has been a need for many youth and adults to be able to complete their primary level education. In particular this is a need for those women working and living in the poorer area of our cities, who have school children but themselves need to attend an adult school.

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Pope Francis enthusiastically
waves
at the crown at World
Youth Day in Brazil

Thousands of Argentinian youth in Rio for World Youth Day met with the Holy Father yesterday afternoon. Pope Francis had personally requested that his schedule be rearranged to have a moment to meet with them. The meeting was held in the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro.

The Holy Father began his address by expressing his hope that the World Youth Day would bring about a “mess” in their dioceses, a term he used to describe a call to action in announcing the Gospel.

“I want people to go out!” he explained. “I want the Church to go out to the street! I want us to defend ourselves against everything that is worldliness, that is installation, that is comfortableness, that is clericalism, that is being shut-in in ourselves. The parishes, the schools, the institutions, exist to go out! If they don’t go out, they become NGOs (non-governmental organization of citizens involved in humanitarian causes), and the Church can’t be an NGO.”

The 76 year old Pontiff went on to speak of the rising exclusion of both young people and the elderly, or as he described as “the two poles of life.” The elderly are often uncared for and unheard in today’s society, while the youth are excluded from having a stable employment.

Editor: A carved, wood-stained nativity set from Germany is part of the new International Nativity Sets Display at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Enfield. It is among more than 450 sets donated by the Rev. Msgr. Charles DesRuisseaux, a retired priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester.

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Bro. Claude Rheaume, M.S., marvels at the
Christmas Crèche collection he helped to display.

ENFIELD — This summer, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette opened a permanent exhibit of more than 450 nativity sets from more than 50 countries. "We're wondering if it isn't the largest collection in New England, 450 is a good number," said Shrine Director Fr. René J. Butler.

The entire collection was donated to the shrine by the Rev. Msgr. Charles DesRuisseaux, a retired priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, who lives in Manchester. He started the collection in 1973 when his aunt made him a nativity set using unique materials such as old spools from Manchester's Amoskeag Mill as well as egg shells.

Then in 1980 while on a trip to Acapulco, Mexico, he was charmed by the Mexican interpretation of the crèche with St. Joseph wearing a sombrero and bought the nativity. "I love to travel so I've been to many places all over the world, Africa and Asia and Europe and Latin America," he said, of the places he bought nativity sets. "I'd have to have at least 15 or 20 news ones each year. I'd always have to buy a suitcase to bring all my nativities home."

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La Salette Missionaries, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas

Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.

Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.

Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”