Category: Masonic Light

Master’s Message & From the West – April 2020

March 23rd, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

The Roads and Airports are deserted, the shopping malls shuttered, Churches, Gymnasiums, Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Barber Shops, Casinos, and Freemasonry are all standing still. The uncertainty of this invisible little menace is wreaking havoc on the way of life we have become accustomed to. At 61 years of age, I can say I have never seen anything like this before. I do not remember the Great Depression and the daily hardships of that time. Nor do I remember the second World War, and the sacrifices made by ordinary people. My exposure is limited to Vietnam, The Arab Oil Embargo, the Aids Epidemic, The World Trade Center, Tech Bubble, Housing Bubble, and I will add COVID-19 to the collection of miserable things I have lived through.

The five most important words in the above paragraph are “ Things I have lived through.” Our current situation is not good. The hardships we are facing are yet unknown and that unknown is devastating. That unknown’s devastation is wiping vast amounts of wealth off the board compounding the problem.

As Worshipful Master I do not know when things will get better, but better they will get. We will get used to our current situation, and when this situation does turnaround, Freemasonry will still be here. Freemasonry may not be holding their scheduled meetings, yet we are still open. Your Lodge is here to serve you. As the days to come may get better, or worse, the one constant should be taking care of your immediate family and circle of friends. Stay out of harms way, and remember that our obligation is to give as their necessity may seem to require, or your ability to give will permit. In Freemasonry we have hope, hope for a better future, hope for mankind, and I add Hope this will end sooner rather than later.

Please look in on those brethren who are alone. Please offer assistance to others if you can. If you need someone to talk to call me, or one of the officers listed. We are here for you. We will survive this. I look forward to the day we meet again.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the West

Brethren,

Due to the current public health emergency, the Grand Master has suspended all Masonic activity though the end of March. It is not clear at this time whether the suspension will continue into April.

Since there is uncertainty as to when the public health emergency will conclude. Please note that ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION. Please be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the updates from the Lodge Secretary. The Lodge calendar can be accessed by visiting the Lodge website and clicking the “Calendar” link at the top of the page.

If you have questions please reach out to us. If you feel ill or unwell, stay home. Please do not risk the health of yourself, your family, or your Brethren. First and foremost, you should be taking care of yourself and your family in this difficult time.

Please reach out to the WM, SW, or Secretary if you need assistance and we will do our best to help.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Senior Warden


Master’s Message & From the East – March 2020

February 28th, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

Every Freemason in the world joined Freemasonry for a reason. For some it was the legacy of their family, others for the charitable work, and others still for the educational opportunities. These men could have also joined for Fellowship, camaraderie, esoteric teachings, Veterans, Widows, Friends, Work opportunities, maybe some still had nothing better to do. Whatever your reason for becoming, and remaining a member of Lafayette Lodge, you joined for the right reason. Once you’re a member the reasons for why you joined become less important, and the question becomes why do you stay? For me I truly enjoy the exchange of ideas, and the excitement that Freemasonry provides me. I enjoy the company of the many friends I have made over the years, and yes Freemasonry keeps me balanced. So I stay. To see what will happen next. To witness for myself Freemasonry truly making good men better.

I deviate from my usual colorful message style this month to ask you a very important question. If your Lodge, or Freemasonry in general needed your help would you give it? If your answer is no, go read something else. I have enclosed a card with this Trestleboard. This card comes from a workshop we ran with the Brethren of New Jersey. It explains the Masonic Brand (the Square and Compasses) and draws your attention to “What Masons Do.” It is a Masonic Talking point card for you to write your name, phone number, and Lodge name and number, do this and put it in your wallet. I ask you to in the course of your daily life, the next time you talk to a stranger, give it to him. Let’s see what happens. If you are uncomfortable giving your information, put my name and number, or someone else’s name and number on it. The idea is to give it away. (Then get another one).

It seems very simple, and it is. We are the greatest Fraternity in the world, the number one reason men do not join our ranks? They were never asked.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

On Friday March 13th Lafayette Lodge No. 27 will have their Official Visit of RW Ronald A. Murad DDGM.

The menu for the evening will be Chicken Francaise, Sausage and Peppers, Pasta, Salad, Beverages. If our menu is better than your menu at home, come on out, have dinner, and enjoy some Freemasonry. You will without question be welcomed, and have fun.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master


Master’s Message & From the West – February 2020

January 23rd, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

As a young man, I one day found myself at a rodeo. The rodeo scene was a show of horsemanship, roping, riding, and staying away from animals much larger than any man. One particular event stands out this morning. They had calf roping.

The event starts with management opening a door and leading a mid-sized calf out through a door into the arena. The calf is a bit out of his element as the stands are full of people cheering, the calf just looking around wondering. After a few moments a bell goes off, a young cowboy on horseback rides out of the gate at a high rate of speed, with a lasso swinging over his head. The cowboy throws the rope, catches the calf, jerks the rope tight, knocks the calf down, dismounts and wraps the calf up in maybe 10 seconds. The crowd goes wild. I quickly learned that they use the same calf over and over.

By the time they got to the third rider, the calf stood feebly shaking, staring directly at the gate the rider comes out of. The calf upon hearing the bell pooped and laid down, knowing what was coming.
The moral of this story? If you are standing around waiting for something bad to happen, and you wait long enough, something bad will happen. Wear clean underwear, and if life knocks you down get up, dust yourself off, and go about doing what you are passionate about.

How does this in any way relate to you, Freemasonry, or the Lodge? The three bells of Freemasonry went off for you long ago, you are still standing and unsoiled. Freemasonry, and the Lodge are consistent. The operation of the lodge is painless, and interesting. There are no bells that go off indicating that some- thing bad is about to happen. Quite the contrary, we plan good deeds, we practice charity, we share ideas, we teach each other, and we operate as brothers. Freemasonry is as wholesome as it gets. With that being said, the Trestle Board is different, we are implementing the Masonic Framework recommendations that came from the Brethren. Come out and visit. We would love to see you again.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the West

Brethren,

For those of you who could not be in attendance at our Installation in January, WM Michael Holt laid out some of his plans for 2020, and it is going to be an enjoyable year at Lafayette Lodge.

In February, our Regular Communication falls on Valentine’s Day, and rather than drag our members away from their significant others, the Worshipful Master has arranged for our meeting to take place over dinner at DaBenito’s in Union. Reservations are needed, so please reach out to the WM or Secretary if you wish to attend!

The Worshipful Master, with the assistance of the Secretary and Treasurer have scheduled an extremely special degree on May 30, 2020. The degree will take place at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA. More information to come as the details are finalized.

Lastly, the Worshipful Master has placed an order for grapes. Why grapes? Because you need grapes to make wine! Our Worshipful Master, with your assistance, intends to make many gallons of Lafayette blend wine to be enjoyed at Lodge functions later in the year.

Don’t miss out on the fun this year!

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Senior Warden


From the West & From the East – January 2020

December 21st, 2019 by

From the West

My Brother,

Today I had lunch with my friend and Brother Douglas Patrick, who was Worshipful Master of Lafayette Lodge in 2010. We discussed all the men we have met over the years in this thing we call Freemasonry. WB Patrick and I went on to serve the Grand Lodge, and here we are, right back where we first found Freemasonry, and each other, One Worshipful Master and the other Tyler.

In discussing our respective Masonic journeys, he became my Ritual Instructor, and always liked the ritual, he always sought out the meaning of our Ritual. He asked me what I like. I had never given this much thought, and I found this to be a tough question. The answer I found was that I like you. I like meeting the membership, I like conversing with the membership, I enjoy the things we do as members of this Great Fraternity. The thing I like the very most, are those moments when the exchange of ideas culminates with that AHA moment, where plans, actions, and desired results all come together, and you realize that WE really do make a difference in the lives of men, their families, and society in general. WE are that good. Tomorrow is Today -Tomorrow, whatever we accomplished yesterday was yesterday. Today should pale in comparison to what we did yesterday. We wake up each day as ambassadors of enlightenment, WE are shining examples of light, morality, and fair dealing, let us each aim high and act on that.

This year we are going to change the way we view this fraternity. We will be implementing some cutting edge programs, some thought provoking props, and we will drill down on the Value of Freemasonry, and your membership in it. Get ready, it is coming, we would love for you to join us.

Finally my Brother, What did you do today? What do you like? I would love to hear from you.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Senior Warden

From the East

Brethren,

Words truly cannot express my gratitude for the privilege of serving Lafayette Lodge for the past year and the support I have received from not only the Past Masters, but also the membership as a whole.

Bringing everything full circle, as I mentioned in my very first Trestleboard message in January 2019, I had no intention to progress through the Officer line when I joined Lafayette Lodge in 2009, but intended to serve the Lodge in background roles. However, having the opportunity to serve my Lodge as Worshipful Master is truly an honor. I have learned much from my experiences and those of our Past Masters. This experience has helped me grow as a leader, a man, and a Mason.

At the beginning of 2019, my goal was to continue the Lodge’s forward momentum and be in a position to pass the Lodge to my successor in better shape than when I assumed the East. I believe that together we have achieved that goal and that the Lodge is poised to continue its positive progression under RW Michael Holt’s leadership.

My Brothers, thank you again for the honor, privilege, and support, and I look forward to continuing to serve our Lodge in the future.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master


Master’s Message & From the East – December 2019

November 28th, 2019 by

Master’s Message

As the end of the calendar year approaches, we enter into the busiest of holiday seasons. During this time of year, we are encouraged to reflect on the prior year and express our gratitude for the pleasures we enjoyed. There are more than 1.5 million registered charities in the United States, many of which are worthy of your consideration and donation.

As Masons, charity is one of the central tenets of our organization. We are encouraged to contribute to those who are in need as far as our ability to give permits. Whether you are unsure of where to donate or want to do further research on specific charities, Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) aims to be an unbiased source of information that provides charitable givers with the tools necessary to make informed giving decisions to make sure that your donations are doing the most good for the causes that you care about.

In addition to helping those in need during the year-end holidays, donating to qualifying nonprofit charities offers certain tax benefits in the form of deductions so long as the charitable donation is made by December 31st.

While there are many well-known charities at a national level, smaller local charities often get overlooked, please consider donating to your local charities where your donation may go further and directly impact your neighborhood, including local food banks, animal shelters, clothing drives, or gift drops. Below are just a few of the local charities that impact the Rahway area:

Rahway Food For Friends

Friends of Linden Animal Shelter

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

Once again, it’s that time of year. Nominations are in and election time is upon us.

For those of our members that were unable to attend our Annual Communication, I am pleased to report that all all of our nominees for elected office were unopposed. The elected officers for 2020 will be as follows:

    Worshipful Master: RW Michael Holt, GO
    Sr. Warden: Bryan Passione, PM
    Jr. Warden: Michael Romano, PM
    Secretary: Raymond Siecinski, PM
    Treasurer: John Richards, PM
    Lodge Trustee: RW Warren Gerber, PGC
    Temple Trustee: Bro. John Brown

Installation is currently planned to take place at our Regular Communication on Friday, January 10, 2020 and will be open to all Masons, family, and friends.


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