We would like to assure all of you that the Brothers at Home Lodge No. 721 take the health and well-being of our community, our Brothers and Ladies and our Home Lodge families very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the effects of the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will practice social distancing. We have temporarily closed the Lodge to protect and care for those who work with us, our Brothers our families and the public.
We miss seeing all of you at Home Lodge and as soon as this is over we look forward to seeing everyone at Home Lodge once again.
We are all in this together.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support our lodge family and our communities as needed.
For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov or your local health department's website.
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“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
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Dear Brethren, Ladies and Friends:
I hope all is well with everyone. We learned in April that lodges up and down the State were set for a limited reopen. This was the first positive piece of news we received on getting back to normalcy since March of 2020. Yes, it’s been a year.
As we wait for the Van Nuys Hall Association to come up with a site safety plan, we are working as a team to get ready for the return. Officers are hard at work getting back up to date with ritual, while our events team is working on coordinating outdoor social events at the lodge.
Our goal for the remainder of the year is to focus on fellowship. Since there is no clear date as to when we are going to have our first official meeting, my goal for the month of May is to incorporation various small events at the lodge such as cigar nights and other gatherings that can be had outside of the lodge room and building.
For the time being we will not have Stated Meetings inside the lodge, or other special meetings until a site Safety Plan from Van Nuys Hall Association is approved. Following this, membership will have the plan presented in order to ensure everyone is aware of what is necessary.
Furthermore, as I discussed in April following the Grand Master’s presentation, once the lodge is reopened for indoor in-person meetings, each person must present a vaccination card showing full vaccination or, a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 72-hours prior to the indoor meeting. The lodge will inform membership via e-mail only, of the upcoming in person meeting at least a week before to allow or ample time for members to get tested.
My anticipation is that our first in-person meeting could be in June or July of 2021, given the fact that a site plan needs to be approved, implemented and then scheduled. However, until then, I plan on having members organized for some in-person fellowship outside of the lodge building.
Those that attend an in-person outside of the building “hang out session” (as I like to call them), will still be required to wear a mask and practice appropriate social distancing, and follow other State and County Guidelines. The goal is to keep safe, comply to protect the lodge, and most importantly keep our most vulnerable members as safe as possible. I am highly optimistic that we are going to increase fellowship while maintaining a real sense of safety for our members.
All events are going to come out in e-mail form, so please keep your eyes open for them. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and having some fun.
Wor. Andre Aladadyan
Home Lodge 721
It’s no secret that Freemasonry is not for everyone. There are certain religions that are opposed to our existence entirely. Freemasonry espouses two specific philosophies that are considered to be incompatible with the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. The first is the equal validity of all religions, and the second is the idea that all religions can live together in harmony, also known as “pluralism”. The Catholic Church, in particular, proclaims that Freemasonry is also guilty of “naturalism”, the idea that society and morality stem from the natural world.
From the writings of Pope Leo XIII: “‘A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor a bad tree produce good fruit.’ Now, the Masonic sect produces fruits that are pernicious and of the bitterest savor. For, from what We have most clearly shown above, that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view- namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere “Naturalism.”’
From my own conversations with Catholic bishops, it is clear perhaps that Freemasonry’s assertion that all religions are equal is not compatible with the idea that the Christian religion is supreme. Now this raises a question. If a man believes with all his heart that the Christian religion is true, that means he believes all other religions to be false. Can he, then, say that all religions are equal? The truth is not equal to a lie. From this perspective, the Church may have a fair point. However, we as Masons also believe that it is good and pleasant for (all) men to dwell together in unity. A Christian man can coexist in harmony with his Jewish neighbor.
Then there is the philosophy of Naturalism. From where does society spring? Where do we get our morals? Make no mistake, moral relativism is a completely invalid philosophy; different people’s conflicting morals cannot both be true and valid at the same time. The Catholic Church would say that morals and society are all born from and for God. What do we as Masons believe? It’s not as clear, but several Papal Bulls claim that we espouse a belief that morals stem from the secular mind.
The last incompatibility is the practice of Initiation within Masonry. Masonry hold truth, which we refer to as “Light”, solely for the initiated.
From Albert Pike:
“Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light from them and to draw them away from it. p.104-5”
― Pike, Albert, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
The Catholic Church believes that there are no secrets. There is one Truth, the existence and love of God, and that truth is available to all. No initiation is needed to discover that truth.
This is the unfortunate relationship between Freemasonry and certain forms of Christianity. No Mason is prohibited from a Lodge based on membership to the Catholic Church, but the Catholic Church does prohibit membership to a Masonic Lodge. Perhaps someday that bridge can be built.
Fraternally from the West,
Peter G. Vogelsang
Dear Brethren and Home Lodge Ladies,
I hope this article finds you and your loved ones are in great health and safe B”H.
We are now officially in spring, the month of May. This month we celebrate Mother’s, in all their forms. Birth moms, step moms, grandmas, chosen moms.... Take a moment to appreciate and remember the Moms in your life, past and present. Take a moment to appreciate and remember the Ladies in your life who are Eastern Star, and all the support they offer their Masons.
As we received news from Grand Lodge I’m looking forward to in-person meetings and dinners again! Please contact brothers you haven’t been in touch with lately and remind them you missed them. If you need assistance with doctors appointments, making an appointment for a vaccine, or ride to and from it, please reach out.
A little bit of Masonic History on the month of May:
In 1821, the Grand Lodge of Missouri was formed.
In 1821, the Grand Lodge of Illinois was founded.
In 1886, Rudyard Kipling received his 2nd degree.
In 1901, Sir Winston Churchill received his 1st degree in Studholme Lodge #1591, London.
May G_d bless you all and your families.
Fraternally from the South,
WORSHIPFUL ANDRE ALADADYAN
PETER VOGELSANG, SENIOR WARDER
ORLANDO SALA, JUNIOR WARDEN
FROM OUR TREASURER
BROTHER MOSES GAZAZIAN
FROM OUR SECRETARY
RICHARD WEISER, P.M.
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