Category: Masonic Light

Master’s Message – September 2020

August 29th, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

The active members of Lafayette Lodge, your Lodge are hard at work. Our mission as elected and appointed officers of the Lodge is to deliver to you the best Masonic experience possible. As we emerge from the Covid19 Pandemic (yes we are emerging, and yes it will one day be over) we find some membership tentative about attending Lodge, and other a bit more willing to come out. Our Lodge is in good shape. With the size of our building, and meeting rooms we have the main rooms well ventilated, with adequate air exchange apparatus. The environment we have mitigates a tight, high density situation whereby germs can be spread easily. We are cleaning before and after every meeting, Our front entrances have been completely rebuilt, which is significant. No longer are people tripping both up and down the stairs. As your health and safety are of paramount concern, we are operating as safely as we can within the CDC and State guidelines.

Lafayette Lodge has 3 scheduled outside events coming up. On September 5th we will have a family fun shoot at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Pennsylvania. This is a safe, fun, outdoor event at a clean well run venue. We have attended these in the past several years, they are great team building events. We would love to have you attend. Call Ray for details.

In October the membership of Lafayette will be making wine. Again this team building event is fun, wholesome, family oriented, and we get a fairly high volume of wine to use at table lodges, and other events when it is ready.

Finally, as we seem to have a number of fishermen in the membership. We have a Striper fishing trip scheduled for November 15th on the MiJo in Atlantic Highlands. I know it will probably be cold, but big fish are way better than small fish. More details are coming.

Lafayette Lodge has a one day class to raise a bunch of new members. As this has grown to include 23 other lodges, we have moved the outside venue to the Fellowship Center in Burlington. We have approximately 70 Master Masons coming through this class. We have been rehearsing all of the parts for months and are excited to be hosting this historic event.

Our regular meeting will be on Patriots Day September 11 in Lafayette. The date is significant, we will have a 911 speaker my friend RW Mike Carducci DDGM 17 who was there, and stayed there throughout the terrorist attack and beyond. He is humble, well spoken. He has not spoken on this before. I expect a riveting talk.

I hope you are doing well, and being safe. I look forward to seeing everyone again, and hopefully, will see you in September.

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master


Master’s Message – July/August 2020

July 9th, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

One of the greatest features of Freemasonry is the opportunity to share ideas. In our lodges we meet all sorts of men, with greatly varied opinions, ideas, and beliefs. No one man can ever know what obstacles another man has overcome to get him where he is today. Just as no man can really learn from another’s mistakes, neither can that man appreciate the life lessons learned, the sacrifices made, the loves lost, or the risks taken to become the man that is.

In writing these messages I sometimes find it difficult to stay on topic. In my four previous drafts I found the difficulties in the world today leading me off center. So, I will discuss Masonic risk. As stated above, risk is taken every day by every person, man, woman or child. Getting out of bed in the morning, leaving the house, staying in the house, driving your car, walking your dog, going into the store, going to school or work all have some degree of risk.

When I was a kid in the 60s and 70s my friends’ mother was what I thought peculiar, she never left the house. She was a British lady, who had survived the second world war in England. At the time, there was a satellite called Skylab. If you were alive during this time, the Skylab became inoperable, and was losing its orbit. Being launched in 73, for 6 years the news reported it was falling out of the sky, and no one could predict where, or when it would hit the earth. This lady had lived through bombs being attached to parachutes and dropped on her neighborhood as a child. She had watched them slowly fall and swing back and forth, catch the wind and change direction as they slowly fell, and it scared her to death. So, with Skylab falling she stayed in the basement. This was how she managed the risk.

I mention this as we have had some life altering things happen these past 4 months. To some there is no safe place, to others taking precautions there are. Both are what their beliefs are, and both are correct. As Freemasons in New Jersey, little has changed. Yes, we are being more careful, and yes, we are observing recommendations of the government. We are still a safe place to go, we are open, and doing business. We are meeting, and conversing, and moving forward. We are managing the risk. With this please do not let yourself be crippled with anxiety of the unknown. Freemasons have an important role to play in determining good from evil, maintaining the morality of humankind. Please take all of the precautions you need, come out and live a little. One day this will all be over, and like the Skylab, we do not know when, however in the interim is seems that a life on hold, is boring, uneventful and not all that fun. Your Lodge is safe, your membership is considerate, we look forward.

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master


Master’s Message & From the West – June 2020

May 28th, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

In this environment of Mask, no Mask. Residents calling the authorities on one another for lack of social distancing. Fewer cars on the road. Rationing of food in the supermarkets. Regular people scared to come out of their homes, and if they do they really have nowhere to go. People passing out in automobiles due to their masks lowering their oxygen level in their bodies. And just the great uncertainty of living life has created crippling anxiety about our future, and more importantly what it will look like.

By today each one of us has learned how to live in this new normal. The members and officers of Lafayette Lodge have created new normal in anticipation of the day we can all meet on the level once again. Our new normal is to pay more attention to the members. To create programs that will add a vibrancy to the lodge, to engage you, and other members to come out and enjoy the company of other like minded men, exchange ideas, make safety, and cleanliness, the order of the day. To not forget that it is you that comes first in Freemasonry. You are valuable to Freemasonry, you are valuable to Lafayette Lodge.

Being Worshipful Master, and the Grand Orator for the Grand Lodge, I know first-hand how hard everyone is working to come up with a plan to safely restart. Some of the local members have not stopped providing for members (welfare calls, delivering food, financial assistance) and for society in general (Blood donations, food banks, I-Pads to the hospitals, supporting the first responders). Everyday we are doing something because we are after all Masons.

Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be on June 12th. We expect to hold that meeting. We hope you will be able to join us. We have a great deal of things to talk about, and oh the stories we have to tell.

I hope this message finds you well. It is time to go back to work.

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the West

Brethren,

Due to the current public health emergency, the Grand Master has suspended all Masonic activity though June 6. It is not clear at this time whether the suspension will continue beyond that date.

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.

Once the Grand Master’s restriction on Masonic activities has ended, dates for rehearsals and the Entered Apprentice Degree will be rescheduled. Dates will be posted on the Lodge calendar, social media accounts, and sent out by email. Grand Lodge events will also be forwarded in the same manner with the changes when announced.

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 West – May 2020

May 6th, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

The phrase ‘the lights are on but nobody is home” appears in our daily lexicon. Often it is a derogatory term used to indicate that the gray matter between someone’s ears may be lacking, or that someone is truly not at home. In our degree work, the Entered Apprentice Degree, the first degree, men are prepared to be brought in and made members. During this degree the candidate says 7 words. These words are: it is, in God, I am, Light. First of all, I do not know who thought of getting the candidates to say this, it is a brilliant idea. Second, when brought to their attention the brother should realize each soul is, or should be, a light of God.

In these trying times people (our members included) are scared to go outside, scared to interact with each other, scared to touch anything, masked, gloved, sanitized. Due to the profound changes in the way we are operating, our light has dimmed, and it now seems that every man is in it for himself. In the short term I suppose this is a new normal for humanity. In the longer term it can be devastating. I suggest to you the Covid is bad. It is however temporary. Being temporary means the lights will go back on, and as fast as things open up, we will slowly get back to our beloved Freemasonry using whatever the protocols of the day demand.

The officers of Lafayette Lodge are looking forward to the day we meet in person again. We have much to discuss, and vote on. We have quite a few degrees in the pipeline, and are making some necessary changes to the outside of the Lodge. The lodge officers are contacting the members for wellness checks. In short we have our eye on the ball for the day.

In the meantime, turn your lights on. Be the empathetic, compassionate, true man that entered this fraternity. And remember it is in God you are light.

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 May 15. It is not clear at this time whether the suspension will continue beyond that date.

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.

Once the Grand Master’s restriction on Masonic activities has ended, dates for rehearsals and the Entered Apprentice Degree will be rescheduled. Dates will be posted on the Lodge calendar, social media accounts, and sent out by email. Grand Lodge events will also be forwarded in the same manner with the changes when announced.

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 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


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