Frequently Asked Questions

A Consortium of Questions

 

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest fraternal societies. The lessons Freemasonry teaches in its ceremonies are to do with moral values (governing relations between people) and its acknowledgement, without in any way crossing the boundaries of religion, that everything depends on the providence of God.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

How do I become a Mason?

Email the Lodge requesting information which relates to your personal circumstances

Contact a person know to you to be a Mason and ask him to assist in obtaining the information you require

Contact the Grand Lodge in your area.

How old do I have to be to become a Mason?

Twenty one years old

Is Freemasonry a religion?

The answer to that question is simple. No. As a fraternal association dedicated to making good men better, Freemasonry respects the religious beliefs of all its members. Freemasonry has no theology and does not teach any method of salvation.

Who can become a Mason?

Freemasonry is open to all men of good character who believe in God.

Does Masonry desire to serve Mankind?

Freemasons are united in their desire to be of service to mankind.

What are the basic principles of Freemasonry?

Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth

What is the time commitment?

It varies, depending on the individual, but the minimum is about six hours per month.

Is it really a secret society?

Freemasonry is an open, not secretive, society. Virtually everything that makes up the various degrees of Freemasonry has either been seen as a documentary on T.V. or can be found in your local library or on an Internet site.

Can women become Masons?

Freemasonry admits only men, but many Masonic-related organizations, such as the Eastern Star, Amaranth, Job’s Daughters, Rainbow for Girls and DeMolay for Boys, offer ample opportunities for women and youth.

What does Freemasonry teach?

Freemasonry teaches individual improvement through study.

How does Freemasonry teach?

Freemasonry teaches in steps. Masons learn through a series of lessons. These “degrees” of insight move from basic to more complex concepts. This no more hides the nature of Freemasonry from novice members than does having a student understand fractions before calculus.

How does Freemasonry teach individual improvement?

Freemasonry encourages study, including literature by the great writers of ancient times. Freemasonry does not sanction the views of these authors but offers them for each individual’s reflection and evaluation.

What are some ways Masons serve their fellow man?

In Alberta Freemasonry supports a wide variety of charitable causes. The largest is the Higher Education Bursary Fund, which is the largest non-government bursary fund in Alberta. In addition each individual Lodge will have it’s own individual charitable causes such as food banks, widows funds, highway cleanups, sponsoring children’s sports teams and other local charitable causes such as clothing for street kids. In some jurisdictions Freemasonry supports homes for members and their spouses.

What is the difference between a Shriner and a Mason?

All Shriners are Masons but not all Masons are Shriners. A Mason has the option of becoming a Shriner by joining the Shrine organization.

How do I get reinstated into a Lodge?

Reinstatement consists of making application for reinstatement with the particular Lodge in question. Upon recite of the application the Master of the Lodge will appoint the appropriate investigating committee. If the report of the investigating committee is favorable and the ballot in Lodge is favorable, the individual will reinstated upon receipt of two years back dues (the number of years before a member is suspended for non-payment of dues), plus current dues payable.

What if I can’t remember the work?

Contact the Lodge Secretary and he will be happy to assign a coach to help you. The coach will work with you to bring your Lodge skills back up to the point where you can enjoy attending Lodge.

What about my past dues?

If you have not been suspended for non-payment of dues (less than two years) you can simply pay your past dues and current dues.

I have just moved to Lethbridge and I would like to attend Lodge, who do I contact?

Your best course of action would be to contact the Lodge Secretary.

How do I affiliate with Lethbridge Lodge #39?

You need to fill out a petition for affiliation, which can be obtained form the Lodge secretary. After the petition is filled out the Lodge will be in contact with you. In the meantime please attend Lodge and enjoy the fellowship.

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