Master’s Message & From the West – October 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

Mental health issues do not discriminate. In 2019, more that 47,500 Americans ended their own lives, and over 750 of those were in New Jersey. For ages 10 – 64, death by suicide is a top 10 cause of death in New Jersey.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), founded in 1987, is a voluntary health organization that aims to gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

  • Funding scientific research
  • Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
  • Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
  • Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

Mental health has been an issue prior to the pandemic but has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mental health is still a taboo topic in a lot of communities, and any steps we can take to start (and continue) the conversation and remove the stigma are worthwhile endeavors.

While there is no single cause for suicide, there are risk factors and warning signs which may increase likelihood of an attempt. Join us at our Regular Communication on Friday, October 8th for a presentation from the AFSP that focuses on mental health, warning signs, and prevention methods. Learning this information can literally save lives.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the West

My Brothers,

As we begin to prepare to close one Masonic year and begin anew I just wanted to say, as your Senior Warden, ‘thank you’. Thank you to everyone who helped your Lodge and your Brothers out during these most trying of times.

Freemasonry is defined different ways by many different Brothers but there is no denying that, at its heart, is Charity and Brotherly Love. The Brothers of Lafayette Lodge have always excelled at exemplifying those qualities and this was seen, in full grandeur, during 2020 and 2021.

It is my earnest desire that we do not become complacent as life, ever so slowly, goes back to the normal we once knew. The coming year will still provide many challenges to overcome and the Lodge and Brethren therein will continue to need your steadfast support.

In closing, I would like to congratulate WB Passione for a job well done. His leadership this year, combined with his wisdom to make the right decision, his love for Freemason, the Brethren, and Lafayette Lodge are every present and will carry on for years to come.

Fraternally yours,

Michael S. Romano,
Senior Warden

October 1, 2021 at 8:15 am | Masonic Light


Masonic Moments, Vol. 3, Issue 8, September 2021


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August 22, 2021 at 9:25 am | Masonic Moments


Masonic Moments, Vol. 3, Issue 7, July/August 2021


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Master’s Message & From the Secretary’s Desk – September 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

Eighteen months from the start of the pandemic, the tide of the pandemic continues to ebb and flow, impacting lives around the world. At this point last year, many of us thought the worst of the pandemic would be behind us in 2021 and we would be resuming “life as normal.” Yet, here we are, in the second half of 2021 with cases and hospitalizations once again on the rise, many still working from home, events postponed or cancelled.

In my first Trestleboard message of this year, I expressed a desire to balance Masonic activities with a conservative and safe approach so we can ensure the safety of our Brethren. Luckily, at this point a vaccine is readily available for those who want to receive it. Therefore, steps can be taken to ensure we are better protected from the most serious risks of COVID-19. However, the vaccine is not 100% effective, and adoption of the vaccine has not reached (and likely will not reach) 100%, so COVID-19 remains especially dangerous for those with preexisting conditions and of advanced age.

Freemasonry continues to be an important part of all of our lives, and many of us have enjoyed being able to meet over the past few after restrictions were lifted, but Freemasonry is not more important than any single life. Yes, there are repeat sentiments from my February message, but it bears repeating. Holding and attending Masonic events increases the risks of contracting COVID-19 among the vaccinated and unvaccinated. As we progress through the rest of the 2021 Masonic year, I strongly encourage anyone who is uncomfortable attending events in person to stay home and stay safe. Lafayette Lodge has endured uninterrupted since 1854, your Lodge will still be here when the threat of COVID-19 passes.

Please put the health and safety of yourself and your family at the forefront. Balance the risks of attending events, and do not take unnecessary risks. Look out for the well-being of our Brethren. As Masons,it is our obligation to look out for our Brethren, to collectively aid and assist our Brethren (and their families) in need. This duty is imparted to us through multiple degrees, lectures, and Masonic lessons.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the Secretary’s Desk

A reminder that some Brothers still owe 2021 Dues, please have the courtesy of notifying the Secretary of any issues of why they have not been paid. We are willing to work with you on getting these issues resolved.

Every month I receive a number of return letters due to Brothers traveling or moving. Please notify the Secretary if you are going to be away and especially if you have moved. An email is sufficient.

Fraternally yours,

RW Raymond Siecinski,
Secretary

August 22, 2021 at 8:25 am | Masonic Light


Master’s Message & From the Secretary’s Desk – July/August 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

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 Secretary’s Desk

A reminder that some Brothers still owe 2021 Dues, please have the courtesy of notifying the Secretary of any issues of why they have not been paid. We are willing to work with you on getting these issues resolved.

Every month I receive a number of return letters due to Brothers traveling or moving. Please notify the Secretary if you are going to be away and especially if you have moved. An email is sufficient.

Fraternally yours,

RW Raymond Siecinski,
Secretary

July 7, 2021 at 9:20 am | Masonic Light


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