Category: Masonic Light

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.


Master’s Message & From the East – November 2019

October 29th, 2019 by

Master’s Message

Even though it is said that one should not seek admission into Masonry for financial, professional, social, or other personal gain, however, this does not mean that members should not look to utilize the services of other members.

Members of the Fraternity are taught to be “on the level,” that is, be honest and straightforward, especially with our Brethren. When I was newly initiated, I was told many stories by experienced and traveled Brothers, and that being a Mason offered “instant credibility.” The belief is that, if another man is a Mason, he presumed to be upstanding and trustworthy.

Utilization of the “Masonic Network” offers various benefits for members of the Craft. For the Brother seeking a service, he is readily able to put his trust in another Brother, more so than a stranger; he is also helping to promote another Brother’s profession, livelihood, or business. For the Brother providing the services, he is expanding the reach of his business, and fulfilling the need of another Brother.

A Brother seeking particular services who wishes to enlist the service of a fellow Mason. may find a service provider by speaking with fellow Masons who may be able to recommend a particular Brother. A Brother may turn to social media, and with the various social media outlets and lodge websites, Brothers could even submit posts seeking a recommendation for a particular service.

The Brother seeking and the Brother providing a service must endeavor to always square their actions and act “on the level,” for these situations are where we solidify our reputation and the reputation of the Fraternity.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

Thank you to those who took the time to complete the membership survey that was sent out in June. I am happy to share the following results, and we will follow up with several of the Brethren who participated.

How to encourage your regular attendance?
– Masonic Education
– Life Assisting Lectures
– Fundraisers
– Fellowship
– More food
– Nothing/Not Sure (Most common response)

Main interest(s) when attending lodge?
– Fellowship (Most common response)
– Esoteric Masonic Education

What Lafayette Lodge is doing well?
– Masonic Moments Newsletter (Tied for most common response)
– Sending regular communications (ex. The survey) (Tied for most common response)
– Working hard to rebuild attendance
– Leadership
– Programs
– Events outside the lodge (ex. Picnic, table
lodges, etc.)
– Lodge’s positive attitude
– Parking has improved

Additional Comments
– Lodge has made progress in terms of communication, activity, and infrastructure
– Lodge management is “doing an incredible job”
– Optimize engagement by implementing ideas from the Masonic Sustainable Framework
– Lodge is coming out of transition period, still need better participation and better communication with membership
– Lodge should remain in Rahway and not merge unless another lodge wants to merge with us


George Washington Masonic National Memorial Presentation – November 8, 2019

October 24th, 2019 by

Lafayette Lodge No. 27 is excited to welcome MW Dieter B. Hees, PGM for his presentation: George Washington Masonic National Memorial on November 8, 2019.

Dinner: 6:30pm
Annual Communication & Elections: 7:30pm
Presentation: 8:30pm

Presentation is open to all Masons, family, and friends.


Master’s Message & From the East – October 2019

September 25th, 2019 by

Master’s Message

Becoming the model Master should be the ambition of every Brother who seeks to ascend to the East, and the discharge of his duties of that important office should be his most anxious desire. These duties are not confined to the mere repetition of a few parroted phrases, but he should be able to instruct the Craft, not only as to the meaning and origin of our ceremonies, but also to explain to them the philosophy which is veiled within its allegories and illustrated by its symbols.

He should be able, also, to convince his Brethren, that the sciences are the media by which we are led to contemplate the goodness, greatness, wisdom, and power, of the Grand Architect of the Universe; and that the arts are the modes we have developed of expressing our sense and admiration of the wondrous glories which are scattered around us.

The Master of a Lodge should also, in his life and in his conversation, be a model for his Brethren to admire and imitate, and should himself practice, out of the Lodge, those great moral doctrines and virtues which he inculcates within its walls. He should be punctual and methodical in all things, and, both by his character and conduct, command the respect, the esteem, and good will of all men; for, the Master is distinguished by his position in the Craft, so should he also be distinguished as the possessor of an irreproachable character, a dignified demeanor, an expanded intellect, and a liberal education. The Worshipful Master who presides over his Lodge with ability, firmness, and decision; (for without force of character there can be no force of impression) whose manner is courteous yet dignified; whose decisions are consonant with reason and Masonic Law; and who dispenses light and information among the Craft, will ever be regarded by his Brethren as one who is entitled to their highest respect and their most fraternal regard.

The fraternal cement with which he has bound the Brethren together is not confined to the Lodge room, but is carried out into the world, and practical illustrations of friendship and brotherly love are daily exemplified. Time will not now permit me to enlarge upon the various qualities and virtues which adorn the model Master. I must therefore leave the subject for the present, and conclude by remarking, that I feel proud and happy in being enabled to say that, I believe, we have among us many Past Masters who are an honor to the Fraternity and the Order – many, who are not only Masters of men but also of work, and who are indeed entitled to such a proud distinction.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

Grand Lodge has announced the Grand Lodge Assessment for 2020 which will be increasing by $6.00. Additionally, Grand Lodge has announced that each lodge will be charged a dues card printing fee of $1.25 per dues card, effectively increasing the 2020 Assessment to $7.25.

Lafayette Lodge’s portion of your dues payment has been, and remains, $100.00. Lafayette Lodge has not increased its dues in more than ten years, and it has no intention of doing so this year either. After the 2019 Grand Lodge Assessment increase, we were contacted by a number of unhappy or frustrated members that the costs of maintaining their membership is becoming untenable, especially for those who are on fixed incomes.

If you have comments regarding the 2019, 2020, or future Grand Lodge Assessment increases, please contact the Grand Lodge directly. If you have a financial hardship, please contact our Secretary or myself, and we will do our best to work with you to ensure your continued membership.


Master’s Message & From the East – September 2019

August 17th, 2019 by

Master’s Message

Osiris, the first born to the Egyptian Gods Geb and Nut, assumed his role as the “Lord of Earth.” Osiris was a wise and benevolent king, and commanded the respect of the Gods and all who lived on the earth. He observed a lack of civilized behavior among the Egyptian people, and in response, he passed laws, and promoted culture, religious instruction, agriculture, and equality. Egypt became a utopia.

Set, the second born son of Geb and Nut, became jealous and resentful of Osiris’ success and admiration. Set conspired with his wife, Nephthys, to murder Osiris. Having developed their plan, Set and Nephthys threw a party for Osiris and presented him with a gift, a beautiful coffin made to Osiris’ exact specifications. When Osiris lay down in the coffin, Set slammed the lid on, fastened it shut, and threw it into the Nile. With Osiris dead, Set assumed the throne of Egypt.

Isis, Osiris’ faithful wife, searched for Osiris’ body, until one day she learned the coffin containing Osiris’ body had sailed to Phoenicia, where a tree had enveloped it within its trunk. Isis went to Phoenicia and found the tree in the king’s palace serving as a pillar, and returned to Egypt with Osiris’ body. Set discovered that Osiris’ body had been recovered and proceeded to dismember the body, scattering the pieces throughout Egypt. Isis set out to recover the pieces of Osiris’ body. Using the “breath of life,” Isis resurrected Osiris only long enough so that they could conceive a child, Horus. Isis raised Horus in isolation out of fear of Set.

Once an adult, Horus, developed into a fierce warrior and committed to avenging his father’s murder. Horus made a case before the court of Gods that he, not Set, was the rightful king of Egypt. In a battle which ensued, Horus avenged his father’s death and killed his uncle Set, and Horus ascended to the throne and became the ruler of Egypt where he quelled the chaos caused by Set’s rule and restored order to Egypt.

Horus, born to Isis after the death of Osiris, was known as the widow’s son.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

In late July an online membership survey was sent out to all Lafayette Lodge members on our email list. The purpose of this survey is to help the lodge gauge and understand the interests of its membership. By doing so, Lafayette Lodge hopes to be able to offer desirable programs and events to its membership. If you received the survey and already completed it, thank you for taking the time to do so! If not, please take the time to fill out the short survey.

Our Officers and members do their best within the time and resources available to make sure the lodge continues to be successful and sustain itself. The lodge, its Officers, and members draw energy from your participation, and empty seats make a poor impression on visitors and candidates alike. We need you to be engaged and in attendance, and we want to know what you want to make that happen!

From the Secretary’s Desk

Brethren,

If you have not done so, please remit your dues ASAP. The lodge operates off of a tight budget and all dues need to be collected in order for it to function properly.

If you have any questions or hardships, please contact the Secretary for assistance.


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