|Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
The Lodge supports Prostate Cancer research.
This year, on November 28, we are hosting a fundraising dinner to which all are invited.
Come out and help us raise money for this cancer peculiar to men.
Contact is Bro. Vance Weber - 306 698 2350.
|Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2015 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
No one knows with certainty how or when the Masonic Fraternity was formed. A widely accepted theory among Masonic scholars is that it arose from the stonemasons' guilds during the Middle Ages. The language and symbols used in the fraternity's rituals come from this era. The oldest document that makes reference to Masons is the Regius Poem, printed about 1390, which was a copy of an earlier work. In 1717, four lodges in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England, and records from that point on are more complete.
Within thirty years, the fraternity had spread throughout Europe and the American Colonies. Freemasonry became very popular in colonial America. George Washington was a Mason, Benjamin Franklin served as the head of the fraternity in Pennsylvania, as did Paul Revere and Joseph Warren in Massachusetts. Other well-known Masons involved with the founding of America included John Hancock, John Sullivan, Lafayette, Baron Fredrick von Stuben, Nathanael Greene, and John Paul Jones. Another Mason, Chief Justice John Marshall, shaped the Supreme Court into its present form.
Over the centuries, Freemasonry has developed into a worldwide fraternity emphasizing personal study, self-improvement, and social betterment via individual involvement and philanthropy. During the late 1700s it was one of the organizations most responsible for spreading the ideals of the Enlightenment: the dignity of man and the liberty of the individual, the right of all persons to worship as they choose, the formation of democratic governments, and the importance of public education. Masons supported the first public schools in both Europe and America.
During the 1800s and early 1900s, Freemasonry grew dramatically. At that time, the government had provided no social "safety net". The Masonic tradition of founding orphanages, homes for widows, and homes for the aged provided the only security many people knew.
Today in North America, the Masonic Fraternity continues this tradition by giving almost $1.5 million each day to causes that range from operating children's hospitals, providing treatment for childhood language disorders, treating eye diseases, funding medical research, contributing to local community service, and providing care to Masons and their families at Masonic Homes.
The four million Masons worldwide continue to help men and women face the problems of the 21st century by building bridges of brotherhood and instilling in the hearts of men ideals for a better tomorrow.
|Posted by [email protected] on February 28, 2015 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
We are now looking forward to the Ladies' Night Out - in March again this year, to be held in a new restaurant located in the Leland Hotel,
downtown Wolseley. This year's event is being organized by VWor Bro Bob Wood and Bro Vance Weber. It promises to be a fine evening of
fellowship and good food. We plan afterwards to retire to the Lodge rooms to tour for those who are not familiar with them.
|Posted by [email protected] on February 5, 2015 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Inside the secret world of the Freemasons
(CBS News) The Square and Compasses are among the traditional tools of stonemasons. They also form the symbol of a group that has been misunderstood and even maligned for many centuries. This morning, Mo Rocca takes us inside:
It's the world's most well-known secret society. Rich with symbols and ritual, it's the source of legends . . . parodies . . . and conspiracy theories.
Welcome to the world of Freemasonry.
True or false? The Masons are a secret society. "No. That's false," said UCLA history professor Margaret Jacob, one of the world's leading experts on Freemasonry.
True or false? Freemasonry is a religion. No, said Jacob.
True or false? Masons were behind the American Revolution. "False, false, false," she said.
"Okay, but what about on the dollar bill? The eye and pyramid?" asked Rocca.
"Oh, yeah, the eye, yeah," said Jacob. "Everybody says it's Masonic. In fact, it's commonplace in the 18th century, that particular set of symbols."
True! Freemasons laid the cornerstone of America -- well, at least some of its most iconic structures, like the National Cathedral in Washington and the Statue of Liberty.
9 things you didn't know about Freemasonry
So what is Freemasonry? Simply put, it's the world's oldest and largest fraternity. Its membership is a Who's Who of world history -- George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Davy Crockett, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, John Wayne, even Colonel Sanders.
If you want to be a Mason, you can petition a local lodge for membership. You'll need to demonstrate good character and belief in some sort of Supreme Being. Oh, and in almost all lodges, it's men only.
Next, you're up for a vote, explains New York State Grand Master James Sullivan. "The lodge votes to accept you, and then you have your three degrees that you go through."
Once you earn "the third degree" (and yes, that's where the phrase comes from), you can join any number of Masonic off-shoots.
Take Brent Morris. He's a 33rd degree Mason and a historian at the House of the Temple for the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction. (It's that big building in Washington, D.C.)
"This isn't like the Masonic Vatican, but it's an important building," said Rocca.
"It's an important building, absolutely right," said Morris. "It's one branch of Freemasonry in the United States, and that's our headquarters."
Inside, the temple lodge room is a stunner. And downstairs, you can see the flag that Buzz Aldrin took to the Moon with him.
Now, if tiny hats and small cars are your thing, there are the party animals of Freemasonry, the Shriners.
You may know them better for their 22 childrens' hospitals, where patients don't have to pay a cent -- the Masons are philanthropic. They reportedly donate $2 million to charity every day.
Freemasonry began in medieval Europe as a guild for stonemasons, but lived on as a social organization. The first grand lodge was created in London in 1717. "Now there are many men in these lodges that are not associated with a trade organization; they're 'gentleman Masons,'" said Morris. "They're not stonecutters."
A modern fraternity had been created.
It wasn't long afterward that those conspiracy theories began.
"All these men with different neighborhoods, different professions meeting in the cafe, breaking bread together, doing rituals -- what could this be?" said UCLA professor Jacob. "So the response on the part of the authorities was, Oh my God, this is a conspiracy!"
And so in 1738 Pope Clement XII issued the Catholic Church's first decree against Freemasonry -- and it still applies today.
In the U.S., Freemasonry flourished until its secrecy made it the object of suspicion here, spawning America's first third party, the Anti-Masonic Party.
It elected eight Congressmen, but lost the 1828 presidential election to Andrew Jackson -- a proud Mason.
Today, Freemasonry has about 1.3 million members in the U.S., down from 4 million in 1959.
Among the members today: African-Americans, formerly relegated to a separate, black-only branch of Freemasonry.
And then there are members like those in Colonial Lodge No. 1821 of Washington, D.C. Most of them are in their twenties, and some were attracted to Freemasonry by Dan Brown novels and movies like "National Treasure."
"Who here was sort of drawn by the mystery?" Rocca asked a group of young Masons.
"I think all of us," they replied.
"I think it's a combination of history [and] tradition," said one.
Another said it was the allure of ritual: "I mean, that's the reason people join Freemasonry and not the Rotarians."
So what about those secrets?
"What would happen if I found out the secret handshake and I weren't a Mason?" Rocca asked. "You wouldn't have to kill me?"
"We might take you out and buy you a beer," said Morris. "The secrets of a Mason represent my integrity as a man. I took a promise that I would not tell you what the secrets of the Mason are. I didn't take a promise that I would care if you know what they are."
Also a big secret : the meetings. No non-Masons, or cameras, are allowed. But St. John's Lodge No. 1 of New York agreed to give us a glimpse of one.
For meetings Masons dress up in their Sunday bests and -- just like the original stonecutters -- wear aprons.
At the center of any lodge room is an altar.
"All the activities of the lodge take place about the altar," said Piers Vaughan, the Lodge Master.
"Now, would people talk about religion here in a meeting?" Rocca asked.
"Absolutely not," said Vaughan. "There are certain subjects which are prevented from discussing within the Lodge. And religion is one. Politics is another."
And then there are the ceremonies. Each one teaches a moral lesson related to the legend of one Hiram Abiff, the architect of King Solomon's temple. They can be a little unusual, as pointed out in a recruitment video:
"Even while blindfolded, try to concentrate on what you are asked, what is said to you, and what is happening around you. Everything will be explained to you in later sections of the degree."
"When a candidate comes in through the door, he's blindfolded because, symbolically, he is in a state of darkness," said Vaughan, "because Masonry is all about moving from darkness into Masonic light."
As for what happens after that . . . well, that's a secret. But for members, Freemasonry is about something much simpler.
"I have met a group of men that I enjoy being with," said Morris. "These are people that I go out to dinner with, we socialize together. They're guys I like to hang with. They're my friends."
|Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2015 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
January is a month of new beginnings for many people.
On January 29th, at 7:30 pm, the Lodge is hosting an information night in the lodge rooms to make those who are so
inclined more familiar with Masonry.
Come out to meet some of the men in the Lodge, and learn about the Order.
|Posted by [email protected] on December 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
It’s not so much that Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world; but that it is what the fraternity holds for the individual that has kept it functioning for centuries and established on every part of the globe. It is not so much that Freemasonry is a non-political, non-religious group of men, but that it is a society that believes that tolerance of another’s view of government and nature is to be preserved, unchallenged and who strive to maintain and live by the globally recognized qualities of good character.
Our character or our moral fiber is, or should be, that within our hearts and minds that we live by. The golden rule is but the beginning; as we should strive to be, by precept and example, what civilized society could be. These traits cannot be put on or taken off by whim or circumstance. They are not a public face or reserved for the deserving, only. They are what you see in a mirror.
In our daily lives, from work to recreation, from family to stranger, the promises that we have made to ourselves and to each other must be foremost in every thought, word and deed. The theme this year is a reminder of those obligations, charges and tenets. If we chose to call ourselves Freemasons, then we must be Freemasons, every day and in every way.
|Posted by [email protected] on December 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
"Freemasonry is a social fraternity that studies morality through ritual, symbol and allegory; its main tenets are faith, hope and charity and they provide more charity than any other group on the planet."
(quote from the Internet about the question ...
|Posted by [email protected] on November 27, 2014 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
The Banbury House Inn in Wolseley was the setting for the Masonic Lodge annual supper and presentation of service pins on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The event was well attended with 44 Masons and wives coming from the Wolseley-Sintaluta Lodge #10 and those of Indian Head, Fort Qu’Appelle, Qu’Appelle and Moosomin. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Brian Callfas of Windthorst.
The cause for celebration was the presentation of three 50 year service pins and one 25 year service pin. The presentations were made by Right Worshipful Brother Karl Kraus from the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan. Recipients of the 50 year pins were Neil Windjack of Peebles and Charles Strachan of Glenavon, both who had joined the Connaught Lodge in Windthorst and Wayne Horsman of Indian Head. Don Edgar of Wolseley received his 25 year service pin.
2011 marks 125 year anniversaries for Masonic lodges in Fort Qu’Appelle, Qu’Appelle, Indian Head and Moosomin. Each lodge gave a report on their history.
This was followed by a short report given by Karl Kraus on the 2010 Masonic Leadership Camp as the one responsible for the running of the camp. Last summer, two Wolseley girls - Emma Chatterson and Sierra Taylor - had attended the very worthwhile camp at Wakaw Lake, Saskatchewan.
The evening came to a close with Worshipful Master Chatterson thanking everyone for attending and congratulated those brethren on receiving service pins.
See pics elsewhere under No. 10 header
|Posted by [email protected] on November 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
What is Freemasonry?
Would you like to become a Free Mason?
Read the following to learn more about joining Freemasons to become a member of the largest and oldest fraternity in the world.
If you become a Free Mason, you will:
▪ Join both the oldest and the largest fraternity in the world.
▪ Join a brotherhood of over 6,000,000 men from all races, religions and countries from all walks of life.
Why are so many men joining Freemasons?
Freemasonry is a voluntary, fraternal organization, composed of men of good will, good character and good reputation, who believes in an Almighty Creator and practices the spirit of universal brotherhood to man.
They are loyal to their country and devote their time to the principles of friendship and fellowship. Their focus is to be of service to all mankind.
For many men, Freemasonry fulfills a part of themselves that they intrinsically felt was missing. Whether it be the social, the philosophical, the spiritual, the historical or simply a sense of community with others; you will find within Freemasonry that part of you which you seek.
If I become a Free Mason, what is their Mission?
Free Masons help to build a better world through a unique and worthy process of building better men to live in it.
The Free Mason Motto is: "Better men make a better world."
What principles will I learn?
You will learn to practice brotherly love for all, charitable relief for those who may be in need, morality and good citizenship in every community.
What type of fraternal society is Free Masonry?
Freemasonry acts as a charitable, fraternal, educational, social and character-building society.
Masonry's active ideal is the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God.
Freemasonry supports public education and teaches its own members morality and brotherhood by means of ceremonies and symbols.
The Masonic Fraternity furnishes opportunity and inducement for men to gather for group enjoyment and personal development.
All Masonic activities stress the values of personal integrity and personal responsibility.
Each member is encouraged to make efforts to improve his community in the interest of human welfare, inspire the members with feelings of charity and good will for all mankind as well as move them to translate these.
All Masonic activities stress the values of personal integrity and personal responsibility.
Each member is encouraged to make efforts to improve his community in the interest of human welfare, inspire the members with feelings of charity and good will for all mankind as well as move them to translate these learned principles and convictions into individual action.
If I contact someone to become a Free Mason, will I receive a continuous barrage of spam and junk mail?
In some jurisdictions, a man wishing to become a Free Mason must of his own free will, ask to become a Free Mason. In other jurisdictions, (a few U.S. states, Canada, and in England), a man wishing to become a Free Mason may be invited to join by a current member who feels that he would be an asset to the Fraternity.
In either case, each and every man comes to Freemasonry of his own free will and accord. Every man who wishes to become a Free Mason (whether he requests to be admitted as a member or whether he has been invited to be admitted to the fraternity) must be balloted upon by his prospective Lodge's Brethren.
If I join Freemasons, will I learn Freemasons secrets and Masonic Lodge Secrets?
Yes. But, if Freemasons secrets and Masonic Lodge secrets are your main reason for joining, your enthusiasm will soon diminish.
I hear and read about Freemasons being satanic, taking part in pagan rites, attempting to create a New World Order (NWO), and their plans to take over the world. Is any of this true?
No. In fact, let's consider this at greater length. Entire countries and civilizations have come, gone and changed in the several hundred year period during which Freemasonry has existed.
If Freemasons were, in fact, attempting to take over the world, (having approximately 300+ years in which to accomplish such a feat), one could only come to the logical conclusion that these Masonic secrets are either tremendously well-kept (from both Freemasons and non-Freemasons) or... that after all this time, Freemasons aren't very effective planners.
Is Free Masonry a secret Masonic society?
Free Masonry's "secret" inheritance from the past is largely ceremonial. The Masonic Freemason fraternity meets in Masonic halls and temples, whose addresses are in the telephone book.
(However, it is difficult to call a specific lodge because most only meet a couple times a month, therefore, if you stop by, there probably won't be anyone there.) Most Freemasons proudly wear their Masonic rings and Masonic lapel pins. Many of their vehicles sport Masonic emblems such as the Square and Compass. or the famous 2B1Ask1, ... To-Be-One-Ask-One bumper sticker. Newspapers and magazines record many of their activities and list their officers....and their charity work and events are very public.
I read and hear a lot about the belief in Masonic pentagrams in the streets of Washington, D.C., secret Masonic conspiracies, Anti-Christian and anti-Bible beliefs, etc. If I become a Freemason, will I learn more about these?
There aren't any....which is why none can be "uncovered". If your sole reason to join Freemasons is to learn more about these types of Masonic myths, media hype and supposed Masonic secrets, you will be deeply disappointed.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
Here's a charity founded by Shriners International for children - there is no front loading. Every cent goes directly to the charity to benefit
the children. All Shriners are volunteers, and all Shriners are Masons first.