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Masonic News & Views -- Why?
December 19, 2011
Greetings Brother,

'Why?' has always been one of my favorite questions. I used to drive my parents crazy, as many kids do, asking this simple one word question. In Freemasonry it is no different. I like to know why, and I imagine so do you. Below are a few points that I hope will help.

Why are Freemasons discouraged to solicit petitioners for membership?

While it is acceptable to inquire of someone’s interest in Freemasonry, every act or thought of a Freemason is the result of his own free will and accord. A man's first approach to Freemasonry must be a voluntary act, unbiased by improper solicitation from any member. Thus he is prompted in his desire to be a Freemason only by a favorable opinion of the Institution and not influenced by mercenary or unworthy motives. He is a free man, performing a free act, and as a Freemason he will find that this freedom of thought and action is one of his most cherished privileges.
The fraternity flourishes and spreads its teachings through the voluntary acts and mode of life exemplified by its members. Every Freemason, by the example of his personal life and by acts performed of his own free will and accord, becomes a silent but active Masonic ambassador to the world at large.

Can a Roman Catholic become a Freemason?

The relationship between Freemasonry and Roman Catholicism is grossly misunderstood, not only by the general public but also by too many members of the Fraternity. There is no war-- cold or hot-- between the two, at least so far as Freemasonry is concerned. There is absolutely nothing in any Masonic doctrine, rules, or regulations to prohibit a member of the Catholic Church from becoming a Freemason merely because he is Catholic. If such were the case, Freemasonry’s claim of universality and that it has no theological dogma and makes no distinction between men because of their religious beliefs, would be sheer hypocrisy.
However, for reasons best known to them, a succession of Catholic Popes have looked upon the fraternity with disfavor, and have caused to be issued from time to time several Papal Bulls, or official edicts, denouncing Freemasonry and prohibiting Catholics from holding membership therein. Naturally, these edicts have deterred many members of the Roman Catholic Church from applying for admission to the Masonic fraternity.
Nevertheless, many Catholics are Masons and a credit to the Craft. For the most part, official Masonry has given no recognition to the Popes’ disfavor, but has adhered to its own admonition of “silence and circumspection” through the years and has thus continued to grow and prosper.

Why have Freemasons been prosecuted in totalitarian countries?

Communism, Fascism, and other totalitarian ideologies thrive on DARKNESS and IGNORANCE. Freemasons say, "Let there be Light!" — the light of knowledge and freedom. Totalitarian ideologies do not tolerate such advocates of freedom as Freemasonry

Do Freemasons participate in politics?

Not as Freemasons. One of Freemasonry’s basic objectives is to unite men of every country, sect, and opinion.
However, as a citizen of his country, state, and nation, every Freemason is urged to perform his civic duties through all possible channels of expression. He is encouraged to participate in politics as a citizen. Many prominent politicians and statesmen of the present and past are and have been members and staunch supporters of Freemasonry.

What is a Freemason's roll as citizen?

In the Charge we receive following initiation into the Craft we are told, "In the State you are to be a quiet and peaceful citizen, true to your government and just to your country. You are not to countenance disloyaly or rebellion, but patiently submit to legal authority and conform with cheerfulness to the government of the country in which you live..." Does this mean we are to blindly follow the dictates of government?

No. Freemasonry thrives where freedom exists. This part of our Charge admonishes us to be active and involved citizens in the protection of freedom so as to ensure that violent rebellion never again becomes necessary.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

(Some source information drawn from compilations by the Committee on Masonic Education, 2010)


Now, on with the news........................

Monday, December 19, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will meet in Stated Communication and will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Elijah Langford, who has been duly elected, will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Rehearsal will be at 5:30 that night, dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7 PM. We are hoping for a very good turn out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011: Solomon Lodge No. 271 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Four duly elected candidates will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of the Craft. Lodge will be duly Opened by 6:00 PM. All Freemasons are invited in.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012: Republic Lodge No. 570 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother John Denny will be presented for advancement to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM.
Republic Lodge is located at 141 ½ N. Main, Republic, MO.
All the help we can get will be very much appreciated!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet at the Sparta Lodge hall in Sparta, MO for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, January 14, 2012: A MOCHIP (Missouri Child Identification & Protection) Event will be held today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at Pathways United Methodist Church located at 1232 East Dale Street in Springfield, MO. This event is hosted by Boy Scout Troop No. 494. Contact Michael Whitescarver (417-350-1906) for information and to volunteer for this event.

Saturday, January 21, 2012: The Knights of Seven Chapter of DeMolay will have a Chili Supper fundraiser at the lodge hall in Sparta. Mark your calanders now and come help support our Masonic youth in southwest Missouri. If you can't make it but would still like to donate to the Chapter contact WB Philip Wood at (417) 766-3135.

Monday, January 30, 2012: Webb City Lodge No. 512 will host a Region 'F' School of Ritual Instruction. Dinner at 6:00 and instruction will begin at 6:30 PM. The Webb City Lodge building is located at 401 West Broadway Street in Webb City, MO.

Saturday, February 4, 2012: RWB Robert C. Floyd, Grand Lecturer of Missouri Masons will conduct a School of Ritual Instruction and Regional Round Robin Ritual Competition at Monett Lodge No. 129. Lunch will be available at 11:30 AM and instruction will begin at 1:00 PM. All Missouri Master Masons are encouraged to attend.
The Monett Lodge building is located at 501 13th Street in Monett, MO.

Saturday, February 11, 2012: Monett Lodge No. 129 will host a MOCHIP (Missouri Child Identification & Protection) Event from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the lodge hall located at 501 13th Street in Monett, MO.

Save the Date! Saturday, February 18, 2012: Webb City Lodge No. 512 will host the 97th Annual Washington's Birthday Celebration with Masonic Degree work by three different States. The 1st Degree will be performed by Grove Lodge No. 187 of Oklahoma; the 2nd Degree by Pittsburg Lodge No. 187 of Kansas, and the 3rd Degree by Webb City Chapter No. 119 Royal Arch Masons of Missouri. The 3rd Degree will be done in full costume and promises to be most impressive.
Webb City Lodge building is located at 401 West Broadway in Webb City, MO. and the event will start at Noon.

Please Note: Due to acts of God and Government this year the date for the drawing for the new Chevy Camaro has been changed to March 17, 2012. Please help the Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin in their efforts to preserve and repair the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral in Joplin, MO. And, in helping preserve this piece of American history you could win a brand new Chevy Camaro. Tickets are just $50 each and only two thousand tickets will be offered. There will be cash prizes awarded, as well. For all the details on how you can help us preserve this beautiful and unique building please go to WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or find us on Facebook and "LIKE" the page at Facebook.com/WinANewCamaro. We're a long way from our goal so please help spread the word. We truly appreciate your assistance. Thank you very much.

As you can see there's lots of Masonry going on in Missouri. See the links below to keep up with the latest or to submit information for your upcoming meeting.

For more news of upcoming events and special communications visit the Upcoming Masonic Events page on Masonsmart.com

For a calendar of Stated meetings for many of the Lodges and Masonic bodies visit the Masonic Calendar page on Masonsmart.com

For help locating a lodge building visit the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map page on Masonsmart.com

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