Bring a Friend Table Lodge – March 23, 2019

Lafayette Lodge No. 27 will be hosting a Bring a Friend Table Lodge on March 23 at 6:30PM. Table Lodges are an excellent opportunity for Brethren and non-Masons to get together to share an evening of friendship, enlightenment, and, of course, good food. RW Gary Olsen, Grand Orator has graciously agreed to be the Keynote Speaker for our event, and will lead a presentation and discussion on leadership.

Tickets are limited (55). For tickets or questions, please contact WB Ray Siecinski at:

February 10, 2019 at 8:46 am | Announcements, Lafayette Events, Masonic Light

Masonic Scavenger Hunt – February 2019 Challenge


  1. Photo with a Brother who is an EA.

Submit completed challenges via email prior to the end of the month. Full rules (they’re short) can be found on the side bar under “Saved Posts.”

February 1, 2019 at 12:01 am | Announcements, Lafayette Events

Masonic Moments, Vol. 1, Issue 2, February 2019

Masonic Moments - Vol 1_Issue 2_February 2019_Final

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January 24, 2019 at 4:06 pm | Masonic Light, Masonic Moments

Master’s Message & From the East – February 2019

Master’s Message

As Masons we are frequently reminded to “guard the West Gate,” however, we are not always as vigilant as we ought to be. The West Gate, the gate through which all men must gain admission to be accepted into our great Fraternity. Even more frequently Masons hear the phrase “to be one, ask one,” or see ads “2B1ASK1.” Masonry is not a “come one, come all” organization, it is, by design, a selective organization.

In the words of Most Worshipful Brother Dwight L. Smith (PGM, GL of Indiana), “[w]hence came the idea that a man – almost any man – has an inherent right to become a Freemason? Is it not a privilege to be conferred upon the worthy?”

MW Smith posits the reasons Masonry has adopted this “come one, come all” mentality is due to its declining membership numbers and economic distress due to the overhead associated with maintaining a lodge building. MW Smith further believes that lax investigation committees are partially responsible because investigation committees are frequently comprised of inexperienced members, lack seriousness in the investigation, and members are less concerned with “guarding the West Gate.”

Not everyone asking “2B1” is ready or “worthy and well qualified” of being admitted into our great Fraternity; I say this not out of conceit or arrogance, but in recognition of a duty that is historically and ritually charged to us as Masons.

I leave you with this question: How vigilant are you in guarding the West Gate?


Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

As mentioned in my message last month, our Lodge is extremely fortunate to have nearly 300 members. However, it is frequently the same faces we see on a regular basis, and there a many Brothers on our membership roster that, I know, I have not had the pleasure of meeting. While I am conscious of the fact that many members live out of state or are unable to regularly attend due to other restrictions, it is important to me and our Officers to encourage your attendance if possible, even just once this year, to meet the Officers and younger members of your Lodge.

If you live in the area and need a ride to Lodge, please contact us and we will do our best to arrange for transportation. If there is anything my officers and I can do to make our program and activities more appealing to you, please contact us with your specific ideas for improvement.

January 24, 2019 at 4:03 pm | Announcements, Masonic Light

Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside


For the past 25 years, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside has been a marquee fundraising event put on by the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics New Jersey. Since its inception, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside has raised over $21 million and has had over 80,000 Plungers jump into the Atlantic Ocean! In 2018 alone, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside raised a record $2,212,019 as 7,169 brave participants took the frosty dip.

Lafayette Lodge has recently established a tradition where the Worshipful Master participates in the Plunge during his year, as with the prior two years, this year will be no different!

Join us and many other NJ Masons on February 23, 2019 at 9AM to raise money for Special Olympics New Jersey.

Date: February 23, 2019
Check-in: 9:00AM
Plunge: 1:00PM


January 12, 2019 at 9:00 am | Announcements

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