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About Us

Our Mission Statement:

We, the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, of the Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, are an Apostolic, religious community. We witness to the Kingdom of God as we seek to mend relationships in need of healing. Inspired by the event of La Salette and supported by our community life, we  are strengthened by the Eucharist, prayer and faith sharing. We unite our gifts and talents with those of the laity. Looking to Mary as our model, we discern new opportunities to make known Her message of hope and reconciliation.

 

Welcome!

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Our History …

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Mary speaks to the children
Any La Salette story traces its beginnings to September 19, 1846 when the Blessed Mother appeared to two shepherd children at La Salette, a small hamlet in the French Alps. Through the children she gave her message of "Reconciliation" to the world. She insisted that this message be made known to all her people. Consequently in 1852 the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette were founded to serve as a "perpetual remembrance of Mary's merciful Apparition." In 1892 two La Salette Missionaries arrived to explore possible settlement in the New World and ultimately settled in Hartford, Connecticut. Since then the United States presence has grown nationwide. Our province is known as the Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas. We are an Apostolic, religious community. We witness to the Kingdom of God as we seek to mend relationships in need of healing. Inspired by the event of La Salette and supported by our community life, we are strengthened by the Eucharist, prayer and faith sharing. 

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The "Castle" - original site of the
Monastery in Attleboro, MA

In 1942 the La Salette Missionaries bought the Attleboro, Massachusetts property as a major seminary and in 1952 the construction of the Shrine was announced. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1953, marked the official opening of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro. From this beginning to today we have united our gifts and talents with those of the laity. Looking to Mary as our model, we discern new opportunities to make known Her message of hope and reconciliation. 

The National Shrine…

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Outdoor Creche - Christmas Festival of Lights

We are best known for our Christmas Festival of Lights. Dating back to 1953 on our opening day with a simple but beautiful outdoor manger, this festival has grown into a spectacular display of more than 300,000 lights, inspiring displays, concerts and other events during the Christmas Season. It has been a Christmas tradition for thousands of families for well over half a century!

DIVINE MERCY ADORATION ALTAR
Divine Mercy Adoration - every Wednesday Evening

Don’t let our flare for Christmas fool you, we are a year-round shrine. We offer many opportunities to come closer to God through our different ministries, daily Mass, daily reconciliation, programs, events, ethnic pilgrimages and the peaceful and prayerful atmosphere of our grounds themselves.

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Gift Shop at the National Shrine of La Salette

Shop in our beautiful Gift Store and find hundreds of beautiful gifts, devotional items and books for someone special or to help you on your journey with God.

There is much to do and see all year-round at The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts. 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Weather Advisory

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Check here for cancellations due to weather emergencies.

There are NO weather emergecies at this time. The National Shrine of La Salette is open.

 

For Emergency Shelters, call EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER at 508-223-2275 or call the AMERICAN RED CROSS at 617-274-5200.

 Fr. Tom Puthusseril, M.S., Shrine Director

 posted on .... February 19, 2014 at 12:00am

 Prayer against storms

Jesus Christ the King of Glory has come in peace. † God became man, † and the Word was made flesh.† Christ was born of a virgin.†  Christ suffered.†  Christ was crucified.†  christ died.† Christ rose from the dead.†  Christ ascended into heaven.†  Christ conquers.†  Christ reigns.†  Christ Orders.†  May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning.†  Christ went through their midst in peace† and the Word was made flesh.†  Christ is with us with Mary.†  Flee, you enemy spirits, because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root of David, has won.†  Holy God!†  Holy Powerful God!†  Holy Immortal god!†  Have mercy on us .  Amen!
(This prayer was taken from the Pieta Prayer Book, published through MLOR Corp.  This prayer originated in a convent and church in Lisbon Portugual.  Pope Innocent III, 1198-1216, ordered it published.)

 

Directions and Shrine Map

Directions to the National Shrine

 

FROM 95 (N & S): Take Exit 3 (Rte 123 E) through 5 lights to the center of Attleboro (follow sign saying 123 East—118 South—Norton—Brockton). 

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The Apparition

Our Lady Appeared on the French Alps of La Salette
On September 19, 1846...

 

"Come near my children, don't be afraid. I am here to tell you great news."

stained glass w childrenstained glass weepingThese were Mary's first words when she appeared to Maximin Giraud and Melanie Mathieu, two shepherd children, at La Salette in the French Alps, on September 19, 1846.

With rapt attention, the children looked up into Mary's tear-streaked face and listened to her message of reconciliation. They described her as being surrounded by a light that was brighter than the sun, but yet didn't hurt their eyes. They also described a dazzling crucifix on her breast, with a hammer on one side and pincers on the other.

Mary spoke about how people's actions and lifestyles were hurting her son. She spoke about people who cannot swear without bringing in my Son's name and about people who don't observe the Sabbath. She pleaded for people to return to her Son to be reconciled to him. She also encouraged Maximin and Melanie to pray daily. Her closing words were, 

Read more: The Apparition

A Look At The Apparition

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By Fr.Donald

Paradis, M.S.

Our Lady Appeared on the French Alps of La Salette
On September 19, 1846...

 

THE THREE PHASES OF THE LA SALETTE APPARITION 

In the network of signs constituted by apparition, one central scene stands out. Everything serves to highlight its importance: the length of time it lasted, the fact that the Virgin speaks there, announces her great news, beseeches her people to heed her words. The two others, the Virgin in tears and the Virgin of the Assumption, are to be interpreted, therefore, in terms of that scene. To shed light on her role as Reconciler, Our Lady displays before our eyes the image of her Compassion and that of the glory where she awaits us.

Read more: A Look At The Apparition

   
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