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Fr. André Pat Patenaude


La Salette National Shrine

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La Salette National Shrine

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Fr. André Patenaude, M.S., Director of the La Salette National Shrine, warmly welcomed and thanked the Cardinal for visiting the Shrine and leading the people in the Eucharistic Celebration on this very special occasion.

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And Father André Patenaude, director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, saw that it was good.

He saw illuminated angels and doves up in the trees. He saw glowing gold bells hovering over the ground. And he saw enormous snowflakes suspended in the air, radiating bright white light.
"We do have to keep people aware of why they come here," says Patenaude.
"The lights say 'Here we are and let's prepare for Christmas,'" Patenaude says.
Patenaude says. "It's God's yes to humanity, to salvation. God saw everything was good."
And by good, that would mean no Christmas kitsch. In all the illuminated exhibits you won't see an illuminated green Grinch or a bright bulbous Rudolf.
"We try to keep Santa out of here," Patenaude says.
Our Lady of La Salette was the first shrine of its kind in the country, according to Patenaude, and the first to present a festival of lights. Now numerous shrines do. And there's good reason.
Christmas matters; so does money.
"This is a shrine, not a parish," Patenaude says.
La Salette does not have regular parishioners who offer weekly contributions, nor does it have weddings, baptisms or funerals for revenue. Though the Christmas Festival of Lights is free to attend, donations and purchases make it a moneymaker. "If we didn't have this season, the shrine would not be what it is," Patenaude says.
"The last thing she said to them was, 'make it known to all my people,'" Patenaude says.
So that's what La Salette shrines around the world are doing, spreading the word. And at this time of year, they do it through Christmas celebrations, noted for their lights.
"Christmas comes at a time of darkness," Patenaude says. "Christ brings light and guidance. This festival is in keeping with that. Light brings hope and lifts up your spirits."
Planning for next year's festival begins immediately after this year's festival, Patenaude says. There's a committee that reviews how exhibits went over, and decides on the next year's theme and any new lights or ornaments that will be needed. And sometime in late September, the installation begins.
Patenaude has been at La Salette for 36 years, and Taylor for 22 years. Between them, they've seen dozens of festivals and tens of millions of festival goers. They've seen people meet and talk about the story and message of Christmas. And they've seen people keep to themselves, silently and serenely walking, looking at the awe-inspiring lights, and maybe within themselves.
"A lot of people who come here are looking for some type of healing, and not just physical, but spiritual, a deeper meaning to life," Patenaude says.

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Fr. André Patenaude, M.S. ("Fr. Pat"), of the La Salette community in Riverside, RI

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Fr. André Patenaude, M.S. ("Fr. Pat"), of the La Salette community in Riverside, RI

The Pawtucket Times - Spreading faith through song [cached]

Father Andre Patenaude, M.S. or "Father Pat" as he is normally referred to, is a Missionary of the National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro, Mass.He has been with the shrine for more than three decades. "I've been at the shrine since 1969," said Patenaude, who has been entertaining families with his Christmas concerts since the 1980's."I do my own compositions and seasonal songs." Patenaude is a musician, composer, singer and recording artist who travels throughout New England and around the world, spreading the joy of the Christian faith. "I always sang for churches," said Patenaude, who was ordained in 1963."I do this, singing, basically full-time, traveling to different parishes in New England," he said."I try to get the word of God out there through the music of song." Throughout the holiday season, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day, Patenaude puts on two concerts a day, except for Mondays, at the Shrine, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. He said the world can be very dark and dismal at times and he hopes to spread some cheer through his music. "Getting people involved in singing really gets me into the spirit of Christmas," said Patenaude."Christmas is always an active time at LaSalette. People come to the shrine, listen to his concerts and leave more peaceful than in which they came."You can see that in people's faces," he said."It's very fulfilling." This year, Patenaude released his fourth album titled, "Make it Known," which includes many of his original songs, plus some traditional holiday tunes. The album is for sale at the shrine's gift shop and other various locations throughout the New England area. Spreading the word of the Lord through music is something he very much enjoys, he said. "This season has been very good," he said. He said many of the visitors attend the religious services at the shrine, one of which includes a a healing service held once a month by Patenaude. Most visitors come to the shrine during its "Festival of Lights," now in it's fifty-fourth season, where the shrine grounds are illuminated by the nearly 500,000 lights, complimented by more than 25 religious displays. Thousands of people from all over the world come to LaSalette during the Christmas season to find a little peace from everyday life. "It's a spiritual place," said Patenaude."There is a sacredness to it." With the tranquil atmosphere and spirituality of the people who attend, LaSalette Shrine has been a staple in many people's lives for more than 50 years.They visit the shrine to spend quality time with their families and to feel a closeness to God. "People who come to the shrine truly come with expectations and with an open mind to experience the whole spirit of Christmas," Patenaude said. The shrine will be open through New Year's Day from 5-9 p.m and Patenaude will be putting on a concert on that last Monday. For more information, call the shrine at (508) 222-5410 or visit the shrine's Web site at additional information about Patenaude's music or to purchase a CD, contact him at (508) 455-2656 or (508) 437-9669 or visit his Web site at

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