Representatives of Lodge Jose Rizal No 1045 will attend the District 32 meeting as scheduled by VWBro David Keelty this Thursday, 26 November at 7:30 PM at the Castle Hill Masonic Centre.
According to VWBro Manny Maniago, WM-designate: "Invitations and flyers [of the Lodge Jose Rizal Consecration] have been made and copies were distributed to several lodges already. A number of brethren would like to attend the Distict 32 meeting on Thursday, 26 November 2009, to represent Lodge Jose Rizal 1045, meet the other members of the district and distribute the invitations and flyers for the Consecration.
Consecration will be on Saturday, 30th January 2010, at 3:00PM. An Occasional Lodge will opened by the Grand Master of UGL NSW & ACT to consecrate the new lodge; and around 4:00 PM, reinstallation and investiture of officers will follow. Consecration banquet will be held at Castle Hill RSL Club at 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM. Cost for the banquet will be $50.00 per person."
Occasional Lodges are traditionally convened by a Grand Master to make Masons at sight:
"The prerogative of the Grand Master to make Masons at sight is described by Dr. Albert Mackey as the eighth of the Twenty-Five Landmarks of Free Masonry. To quote Dr. Mackey:
"It is a technical term, which may be defined to be the power to initiate, pass and raise candidates, by the Grand Master, in a Lodge of Emergency, or as it is called in the Book of Constitutions, 'an Occasional Lodge,' specially convened by him, and consisting of such Master Masons as he may call together for that purpose only; the Lodge ceasing to exist as soon as the initiation, passing, or raising has been accomplished, and the Brethren have been dismissed by the Grand Master."