You are SUMMONED and your Masonic friends are cordially invited to attend the 506, 507 and 508 Stated Communications of Queensboro Lodge No. 892 F. & A.M., at Anchor Astoria Masonic Temple, 18-14 College Point Blvd., College Point, NY 11356.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th, 2017 AT 7:30 P.M. SHARP
for the transaction of such business as may regularly and constitutionally come before the Lodge. Tonight is the Official Visit of RW Spiro Triantafilis, District Deputy Grand Master of the Queens District representing the MW Jeffrey M. Williamson, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York.
Officers’ Dress: Formal
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2017 AT 7:30 P.M. SHARP
for the transaction of such business as may regularly and constitutionally come before the Lodge. Tonight, we will hold a Rehearsal for the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.
Officers’ Dress: Business Suit
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 2017 AT 7:30 P.M. SHARP
for the transaction of such business as may regularly and constitutionally come before the Lodge. This evening, we will confer the Sublime Degree of Master Mason upon worth Fellowcraft Brothers.
Officers’ Dress: Formal
Attest: By Order of:
RW Richard T. Schulz, Secretary W Philip Bianco, Master
Brother Jack Gold, Junior Warden Brother Edward Rasa, Senior Warden
Robert RoessleRaised: April 4, 1955 Cathedral #1031
Southampton, NYPassed to the Celestial Home: December 5, 2016
SICKNESS AND DISTRESS
Mrs. Judy Forquignon, widow of our late Brother, passed away recently. Mrs Carol Gruber Throm, widow of our late Brother passed away on September 21, 2016. Mr. Gary Mikucki, father-in-law of Br Joseph Dittmer, passed away recently. May God grant them eternal peace.
W Bob Froehlich recently underwent hip replacement surgery; he's recovering at home. RW John Dietzel broke his hip this past summer but has since recovered. Br Howard Reiser is in the hospital with pneumonia and other ailments. Mrs. Carmela Bonomo was in the hospital in December. Br Jose Torres' sister Edith is undergoing treatment and needing prayers. Mrs. Peggy Licato is having a cyst removed from her hand soon. W Al Dittmer will be going in the hospital on Jan 17 for aneurysm surgery. RW Richard Friedman, PJGW, recently underwent quadruple bypass surgery; his wife Joanne is in hospice care. The Lodge wishes a speedy recovery to our brethren & friends, and a speedy relief to those in distress.
W Bob Froehlich and his wife Susan are expecting their 7th grandchild in 2017. RW Stew McCloud's grandson, Chris Johnson turned 6 years old on November 25. The WM turned 72 years old on December 11. W Al Dittmer reports: Nicholas Giarrantano is 8 on Jan 11; Jessica Dittmer is 11 on Jan 19; Joseph Dittmer is 9 Feb 9. Br Ed Rasa reports: Br Jose Torres' birthday is Jan 7 and Nicole Torres is Jan 27. W Andy Bonomo's son Nick turns 21 on Jan 17. Congrats to Br Mitch Gold & Linda on their 9th Wedding Anniversary on Jan 12. Congrats to W John Licato's parents on their 56 Wedding Anniversary.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Thu Jan 19 Queensboro Lodge, DDGM Official Visit, College Point, NY.
Wed Feb 1 Frances Lewis Lodge, DDGM Official Visit, Whitestone NY.
Thu Feb 2 Queensboro Lodge, College Point, NY.
Thu Feb 16 Queensboro Lodge, College Point, NY.
Fri Feb 17 Harmony Lodge, DDGM Official Visit, Whitestone NY.
FROM THE EAST
The Saints John
“Erected to God and dedicated to the holy Saints John “, as Masons we are very familiar with this phase. Why did Masonry pick these individuals as Patron Saints? St Thomas, eminent patron of architecture and building, could have been a suitable choice, but was not picked.
John the Baptist was born in June of 2 B.C. His father was a Zachariah, a temple priest. His mother was Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Mary the mother of Jesus, were cousins. John matured into a rugged individual. He lived in the mountain area of Judea, between the city of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. John lived a simple life. He survived on locust and honey and he wore clothes made of camel hair.
John started his ministry about 30 A.D. His ministry grew in popularity. People came out from Jerusalem and all of Judea and the whole region of Jordan. John’s message was inspiring and uplifting. John baptized his followers in the Jordan river. John’s faith in God made him fearless in the face of opposition. He often spoke boldly to the religious leaders of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, calling them “A Brood Of Vipers “. People of that day did not address leaders, religious or otherwise for fear of punishment.
John preached a message of philosophy and love. His message became so popular that people thought he was the Messiah. John cautioned his followers that he was a messenger sent by God to proclaim the truth. He knew that once Jesus appeared on the scene, his work would be finished. Thus, Jesus did appear on the scene and was baptized by John in the Jordan River.
John’s ministry and life ended abruptly at the hand of King Herod. Herodias, Herod’s wife was the former wife of Herod’s bother Philip. Herodias and her daughter plotted to have John killed. John proclaimed, openly, that Herodias’s marriage to Herod was unlawful. John was arrested and sent to prison. To please Herodias and her daughter, Herod sent an executioner to the prison to behead John.
The Knights Templars and the Knights Hospitaller were also dedicated to St John the Baptist. John was uncompromising and inflexible. He went to his death because of his strong belief in God and was fearless in the face of opposition. St John the Baptist was a great role model for the Knights Templars and the Knights Hospitaller and for Freemasonry.
To be continued with St John the Evangelist in our next communication.
W Philip Bianco, Master
Applying for Affiliation and Awaiting Clearance:
Brother Serge L. Stuppard
Brother Philippe Mortel
Brother Widmarc Duvalsaint
W Josue M. Ledres
Awaiting Degree of Fellowcraft
Brother Christopher Espino
Brother Michael A. Mojica
Brother Alfredo Santos
Brother Riyadh Almehdi
Brother Peter Bello
Brother Branden Berrios
Brother John Calle
Brother Puneet Jain
Brother John I. Licato
Brother Alexander Mora
Brother Sam Mami Nandji
Brother Jean Roger Piquion
Brother Carlo Torres
Awaiting Sublime Degree of Master Mason:
Brother Moises Anthony Rojas
Brother Ricardo Santos
Brother Anthony Velez