The yearly celebration of the September 19th Feast of Our Lady La Salette is a wonderful opportunity to give thanks to God for Mary’s visit to the mountaintop near the little hamlet of La Salette in the French Alps. As La Salettes, we honor our community’s feast day in many different ways.
In North America
At the La Salette National Shrine in Attleboro, MA, USA, we celebrated Eucharist at which over twenty La Salette Associates renewed their promises to dedicate themselves for one year to the ministry and message of the Weeping Mother.
In the La Salette Shrine in Twin Lakes, WI, USA, Fr. Provincial, Phil Negley, M.S. presided at Mass in the Shrine Chapel and accepted the renewal of the temporary vows of Bro. Paul Jussen, M.S., with fellow community members joining in the celebration.
In Smyrna, GA, USA, the parish blessed the new La Salette statue and garden near the entrance to the Church.
In nearby Marietta, GA, USA, the parishioners of St. Ann’s Parish celebrated the La Salette Scripture Rosary with new La Salette Banners brightening the prayer procession, as is done daily on the Holy Mountain of La Salette.
Around the World
In England, in anticipation of the La Salette Feast, and appropriately on September 14th, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Polish Province of La Salettes took over the ministry of St. Peter and All Souls (with Our Lady of Lourdes) in Peterborough, (southeastern) England. The formal delegation of the parish and handing the keys to the church to the new parish priest, Fr. Adam Sowa, M.S., by the Ordinary of the Diocese of East Anglia, Bishop Alan Hopes, took place during Sunday morning Mass. Representatives of the Province of Poland included Fr. Provincial, Andrew Zagorski, M.S., Provincial Secretary, Fr. Charles Porczak, M.S. as well as Fr. Damian Kramarz, M.S.
In Madagascar, they also celebrated the Priestly Ordination of seven La Salettes. The La Salette Missionaries (Priests and brothers) and the La Salette Sisters in Madagascar are both flourishing, with many applications for membership.
In Langford, Australia, Fr. Bernie Taylor, M.S., a native of Myanmar, preached a La Salette Parish Renewal on Reconciliation and distributed La Salette materials to about 500 parishioners at St. Jude's Parish in the Archdiocese of Perth.
The month of September is a yearly opportunity to tell the simple but inspiring story of Our Lady of La Salette and invite people to follow her Son more closely and become reconciled and reconcilers for all her people.