My annual pilgrimage to La Salatte Shrine

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My annual pilgrimage to La Salatte Shrine

As far as pil­grim­ages go, my annual trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attle­boro Mass­a­chu­setts was not an epic jour­ney. It involved a five minute walk then an hour long bus ride on a lux­ury motor coach. On the way we stopped at Wright’s Chicken Farm, which I most highly rec­om­mend. They serve all you can eat chicken and french fries. Both are out­ra­geously good.

If you’re plan­ning on vis­it­ing, I would rec­om­mend tak­ing a bus trip. The shrine is hard to find and the traf­fic is very bad this time of year. For those who want to drive there, arrive early and use a good GPS device. The traf­fic into the park­ing lot usu­ally starts to build around 3 pm so I would try to arrive before then. By 5 pm the traf­fic is bumper to bumper for miles each time I vis­ited, which was always the Sat­ur­day two weeks before Christmas.

There is plenty to do if you arrive early. They have a nativ­ity museum with over 2000 nativ­ity sets from around the world. The grounds are very peace­ful with Christ­mas music play­ing over church bells. At 3 pm they usu­ally have an Christ­mas con­cert in the church fol­lowed by a mass at 4 pm.

At about 10 min­utes to 5 there is a can­dle­light pro­ces­sion to the large out­side manger where a brief prayer ser­vice is held. At exactly 5 pm the lights are turned on. That is an amaz­ing sight. This year they have over a half mil­lion lights spread over a large area. The pic­tures I’m post­ing only show a very small frac­tion of the entire dis­play. It is well worth the trip.

Merry Christ­mas everyone !!!

As far as pilgrimages go, my annual trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro Massachusetts was not an epic journey.  It involved a five minute walk then an hour long bus ride on a luxury motor coach.  On the way we stopped at Wright’s Chicken Farm, which I most highly recommend.  They serve all you can eat chicken and french fries.  Both are outrageously good.

If you’re planning on visiting, I would recommend taking a bus trip.  The shrine is hard to find and the traffic is very bad this time of year.   For those who want to drive there, arrive early and use a good GPS device.  The traffic into the parking lot usually starts to build around 3 pm so I would try to arrive before then.  By 5 pm the traffic is bumper to bumper for miles each time I visited, which was always the Saturday two weeks before Christmas.

There is plenty to do if you arrive early.  They have a nativity museum with over 2000 nativity sets from around the world. The grounds are very peaceful with Christmas music playing over church bells.  At 3 pm they usually have an Christmas concert in the church followed by a mass at 4 pm.

At about 10 minutes to 5 there is a candlelight procession to the large outside manger where a brief prayer service is held.   At exactly 5 pm the lights are turned on.  That is an amazing sight.  This year they have over a half million lights spread over a large area.  The pictures I’m posting only show a very small fraction of the entire display.  It is well worth the trip.

Merry Christmas everyone !!!