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April 2015

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My Brothers,

 

Seasons are vital to the transition and evolution of our planet, sure, but I believe seasons also serve the purpose of the evolution of human consciousness too. We can observe the procession of the seasons as deeply symbolic. Why? Because doing so, adjusts perspective and allows our transitional awareness to cook up new connections between daily experience and cosmic existence. Spring is a time of phenomenal renewal. The earth reawakens from her slumber, and explodes with new life. In our own lives, Spring can be symbolic of starting new projects, sewing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas. This is also a time to contemplate renewing your relationship with your lodge. Replant your seeds and cultivate a new sense of Brotherhood.

See you soon!

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 

 


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March 2015

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My Brothers,

 

Did you feel that? The wisp of two months that have come and gone in the new year.  This should remind us that time is something that we should not take for granted.  We all as Masons should reflect on those that we have not heard from in a long while. Obviously, reach out to a Brother Mason that you have not spoken to in a while. Also, let’s not forget those friends and family members that you have thought about but haven’t had that TIME to reach out.

 

CHALLENGE: I challenge everyone who reads this to reach out to someone that they haven’t so in a long while. Report it back to the lodge. If not by attending our meetings then by email at the least. The stories will be interesting. Good or bad, it still is a story.

 

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 

 

 


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February 2015

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My Brothers,

 

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?” The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

Although this is a fantastic poem, I cannot take credit. The point, remember that we are a fraternity devoted to helping each other. Please always reach out your hand for a brother in need. If you have been busy, or haven’t been attending lodge recently, we all would love to see you. Our Official Visit is 2/13/2015. It would be great to see the lodge room filled by our members.

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 

 


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January 2015

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My Brothers,

 

I hope everyone had a happy and relaxing holiday and were able to spend time with their loved ones. I must thank you once again for the privilege of leading the Lodge for 2015. Although, I know that throughout the year I will be faced with many challenges as our Past Masters have, with your support I feel confident that all will be able to get through them all. I also wish to congratulate the new 2015 elected and appointed officers. I want to thank the craft for giving me the honor of serving with these brothers. These are all men and brothers that you may rest assured will fatefully execute their duties and act above normal expectations. With their help and your support I feel confident that 2015 will be an active and successful year. I cannot express how deep my gratitude is for having serving under our Junior Past Master Giovanni Lucero. His year was filled with great events, community service and of course Brotherhood and I hope to do the same.

 

In the past years Secaucus-Hudson has always been a model of ritual and commitment. One of my duties as Worshipful Master is to continue that tradition and strengthen the obligation. With that being said, we have been bless to receive many new members but also cursed in that too many of them have abandoned their obligation soon after joining. Will we reevaluate our admission process and retention methods. We cannot lose members “just because”.  It is all of our responsibility to reach out to a Brother Mason and if anything, just say “Hi”. I believe that simple 2 letter word can make a difference.

 

Brethren, thank you again for the opportunity to serve our lodge in the capacity of Worshipful Master. I hope that all our endeavors this year meet with the approval of the All-Mighty and our own pleasure and enjoyment.

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 


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February 2014

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“Every piece of marble has a statue in it waiting to be released by a man of sufficient skill to chip away the unnecessary parts. Just as the sculptor is to the marble, so is education to the soul. It releases it. For only educated men are free men. You cannot create a statue by smashing the marble with a hammer, and you cannot, by force of arms, release the spirit or the soul of man.” -Confucius

If I did not know the author of this quote I would have thought it came from a Brother Mason. This touches upon one of the goals I have for this year, and that is Masonic Education.

During our first meeting in January we touched upon Masonic Etiquette. We will continue our Masonic Journey of Education and Enlightenment through the year together and touch upon Masonic Landmarks, Law, History, Symbolism and more. Our Search for More Light did not stop after passing our Master Mason Examinations, but continues each and every day.

Taking out of context the working tools of an Entered Apprentice Mason, which are the Twenty-four Inch Gauge and Common Gavel, we are informed that they are both instruments used by Operative Masons. And we, as Entered Apprentice Masons were taught to make use of it for the more noble purposes of dividing our time and divesting our character of the vices and superfluities of life. Time is a symbol of wealth and the substance of life. If we use time wisely and budget it appropriately it, we can do so much. We need to look deeply into our lives and use the Twenty-four Inch Gauge symbolically to divide our time and budget it wisely.

If we can master this, we can accomplish many things in our personal, work and Masonic life. The word “vice” comes from Latin where it means “a flaw or weakness”. The word “superfluity” also comes from Latin where it means “overflowing or excessive”. Taking into account this metaphor for using a Common Gavel to divest (or remove) all the flaws or weakness and excess in our character we can become a better person, a better man, a better mason both spiritually, emotionally and physically.

The benefit of Masonic Education not only improves oneself within the Masonic Lodge, but outside the Lodge, in your home, your work place and all throughout your life. Together, we will continue our Masonic Journey and each day, week and month we will see the improvements in our lives and at the end of this 2014 Masonic Year, we can truly say, we have worked in the quarries with freedom, fervency and zeal and are ready for the next Masonic Year and those that come afterwards.

The first meeting in February finds us hosting our Ladies Night Dinner; we will start our short meeting at 7:30 PM after which we will serve dinner to our Ladies. Please invite them to the Lodge at 8:00 PM. If they come earlier we will make sure they are entertained until we finish our meeting. We will continue our Masonic Education program during our second meeting with a Presentation on the Masonic Impact and History of the Philippines.

May the Great Architect of the Universe Continue to watch over us all and guide our actions with all mankind especially the brethren…

Fraternally,

Giovanni Lucero, Worshipful Master


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January 2014

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My Brethren,

The month of December for Masons in New Jersey is busy and filled with Installations, parties, food, drink and merriment. As we celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, family and friends we also divide our time amongst the many lodges of our district, to support them during their installations. I am pleased that some of our officers and members were able to join me to travel and support the other lodges of our Glorious 5th Masonic District during this busy holiday season, and I would like this to continue throughout the ensuing Masonic Year.

During each of the installations our District Deputy Grand Master has announced the District appoints and re-appointments in the event of the election of our Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Gerald J. Sharpe to the office of Grand Master for our Grand Jurisdiction of New Jersey. Let us congratulate W. Bro. Angelo Caprio as well as our very own R.W. Valentin Basiga, Jr who will be appointed Grand Chaplain, R.W. Freddy R. Nunez, Jr and R.W. Roger Quintana who will be re-appointed our District Ritual Instructor and District Deputy Grand Master, respectively.

The above mentioned brothers, along with our past masters and past officers of our beloved Secaucus-Hudson Lodge have served and continue to serve our fraternity with freedom, fervency and zeal and embody what we want to emulate in our Masonic Life. Let us follow their examples and bring our lodge to ever greater heights by the things we do and the Masonic Life we lead. Every year we work in the quarries of our hearts and minds to be a better person, a better Mason. And this year I can say we have. But improvement of oneself does not stop when you reach a goal but continues.

And, as we near the close of another successful Masonic Year and get ready to usher in a new one. We have much to be thankful for. Our outgoing Secretary, R.W. Robert K. Pedersen has served our lodge for more than 15 years as Secretary and his shoes are large to fill. He is one of our Lodge Ritual Instructors and our past District Ritual Instructor and his efforts can be seen within our lodge and throughout our district.

Thank you for the work you have done and the work you will undoubtedly do. We congratulate our Junior Past Master, Freddy R. Nunez, Jr. who is also our Current District Ritual Instructor and his set of officers for a job well done this 2013 Masonic Year, and we see that we have our work cut out for us. We accomplished much, but we have much more work ahead of us this ensuing 2014 Masonic Year. Thank you for entrusting me the reigns of our lodge and I assure you, we will continue to work hard and improve ourselves as a person and as a Mason.

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge

As Freemasons our compassion, charity and good will knows no bounds and as we celebrate this holiday season with our loved ones, family and friends we are reminded of those that have passed away and those that are separated from us by distance. We remember the good times and bad but more importantly we remember the times that we shared with all those that have touched our lives in one form or another. Let us continue to make this holiday season better by the compassion, charity and good will we show to our fellow man.

I wish you all a very happy holidays and an even more prosperous new year. May the Great Architect of the Universe Continue to watch over us all and guide our actions with all mankind especially the brethren…

Fraternally,

W. Bro. Giovanni Lucero, Worshipful Master


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