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Mississauga Lodge meets in an historic landmark building at the corner of Peter and Port streets, a converted church built in 1838 by the Indians and pioneers. Mississauga Lodge was instituted in Port Credit, Ontario in 1914 for twenty two Freemasons who felt the need for a meeting place in their growing community for the world wide Masonic fraternity. Its membership has been made up of men from walks of life, including magistrates, police, clergymen, lawyers, teachers, businessmen and tradesmen.

At the Convocation of Grand Lodge in the summer of 1915, Mississauga Lodge was granted a Charter and given the number 524 on the Grand Lodge Register. The Warrant of Constitution, is dated July 21, 1915, and hangs behind the secretary’s desk. The Ceremony of Dedication and Consecration was held following the regular meeting on September 23, 1915.

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At the Convocation of Grand Lodge in the summer of 1915, Mississauga Lodge was granted a Charter and given the number 524 on the Grand Lodge Register. [This document, The Warrant of Constitution, is dated July 21, 1915, and hangs behind the secretary’s desk. (ed. note)] The Ceremony of Dedication and Consecration was held following the regular meeting on September 23, 1915. The Grand Lodge officers were headed by Rt.W. Bro. James R. Fallis, D.D.G.M. assisted by four P.D.D.G.M.s, a Past Grand Registrar, the Grand Registrar, a Past G.J.W. and the G.D.ofC. and 12 P.M.s of various Lodges. The 2nd initiate was Dr. A.B. Sutton, a well-known Port Credit doctor for over 50 years. The 8th was Bro. W.H. Thomson, lumber merchant and brother of Bro. Lt.Col. Alex. Thomson. The 12th was Bro. Franklin Ott, whose name is on the bronze plaque in the Lodge Room along with Bro. Alex. Thomson. (Other members played an important part and made a significant contribution to Mississauga Lodge or to Masonry in general. Every members name can be found in the Register.)

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Tuesday March 26th, 2019: Royal Arch Masonry Information Night

Royal Arch Masonry (also known as “Capitular Masonry”) is the first part of the York Rite system of the Masonic degrees. Royal Arch Masons meet as a Chapter, and the Royal Arch Chapter confers four degrees: Mark Master Mason, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch Mason.

This is open to all Master Masons, please just show up.  We will begin promptly at 8:00pm to provide and answer any questions you may have regarding the holy Royal Arch degrees.  With a light repast to follow.

This information session will be held on Tuesday March 26th, 2019 at 8:00pm. Located inside the Mississauga Masonic Temple @ 45 Port St. West Mississauga, ON.

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The Sankey Lecture: Sunday, March 24th/2019

PRINCE HALL FREEMASONRY
The Grand Lodge of Canada in partnership with Brock University present another lecture in the Charles Sankey Series @ 3:00pm SHARP

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Theatre Night: Thursday, April 4 / 2019

CURTAINS: The Musical Comedy Whodunit. 8:00pm SHARP!

Speak to your lodge secretary or email: j.andrews@rogers.com

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The Blueprint - Volume 4, Issue 4, December 2018

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What does that mean when we try to put it in perspective through our Masonic eyes and views. We have any success stories in Toronto West District.

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Multi-Faith Divine Service: Sunday May 5th, 2019

Toronto West, Humber Valley & Don Valley Districts
Sunday May 5th, 2019 at 4:00pm
Metropolitan United Church
56 Queen St. E, Toronto.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of race, colour or creed.
Masons are spiritual and moral people, but there’s no room for discussion of sectarian religion or partisan politics in freemasonry. Members are free to follow their own path, as long as it fits with the ethical principles of integrity and virtue symbolized by the square and compasses—the icon most commonly associated with Masonry.Masonry stresses the principles of kindness and consideration at home, honesty in business, courtesy towards others, dependability in one’s work, compassion for the less fortunate and being a good citizen of the world. Masonry recognizes that each man has obligations to his family, his work, his religious beliefs, his community and himself – these must take priority and Masonry does not interfere with his ability to meet these obligations.<br>

Masons participate in three progressive degrees, each one teaching an important lesson through the use of symbols. The degrees help a Mason think about the big questions: Where did I come from? What am I doing here? And what comes next? A lodge is not a building…it’s the men that form it. The foundation of the Masonic family is the Masonic lodge. It is here that Masonry teaches its lessons: kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, concern for the unfortunate and respect for one another. Most lodges are clearly signed and located on main streets in communities small and large across the globe. With over 550 Lodges in Ontario, there should be a lodge that meets in a location near you. Masonry is not a secret society…we’re happy to share what we know.<br>

Any information about Masons can be found at a well-stocked bookstore or local library. Masonic buildings are clearly marked and listed in the phonebook and members often identify themselves by wearing Masonic jewelry. The so-called Masonic “Secrets” are confined to modes of recognition by which a visitor can prove himself to be a Mason and thereby become eligible to enter a lodge in which he was otherwise not known. The Extended Masonic Family. A Mason can choose to broaden and deepen his experience of Masonry by participating in other branches of the Masonic family: the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriners and Knights Templar. Masonry is for men…but it’s a family affair. Women, girls and boys who share Masonic values are welcome to participate in the many social and charitable events hosted by lodges. But there are affiliate organizations for those looking for ways to become formally involved. Young men can join DeMolay, young women can join the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and Job’s Daughters International.

Masonry offers the opportunity to make each man better through its teachings, his Masonic associations and a philosophy that has served the social needs of men for centuries, by promoting:

Tradition
• When you become a Mason, you become part of ancient tradition that spans centuries. From the original stonemasons that produced some of the most majestic architectural wonders of Europe to modern day Masons who participate in numerous charitable foundations, you’ll feel connected to a vital, growing and spiritually uplifting organization of moral men;

Self Improvement
• Learning portions of the Ritual and participating in the Degree stimulates the mind and, coupled with committee work and lodge management, presents the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills, build self-discipline through commitment, poise and self-confidence, and strengthen presentation and public speaking proficiency;

Sense of Accomplishment
• Participating in lodge projects, be they charitable or social in nature, provides the opportunity to contribute, work with others and enjoy the success of effort well expended;

Fellowship
• Belonging to a Like-minded Group: the modern work environment has reduced or eliminated social association with co-workers; joining with lodge members in a fraternal atmosphere can substitute for that former workplace fellowship lost;<br><br>

A Break from the Workaday Routine
• Masonry brings together in lodge men of diverse backgrounds, where the daily pressures of a career can be left outside the door and where fellowship is the common theme.

These attributes are summarized in the tenets, or fundamental principles of Ancient Freemasonry: Brotherly Love; Relief; and Truth. If these values address your needs, Masonry welcomes you.

Masonry is first and foremost a fraternity rather than a service organization, social club or benevolent society. However, charity in the form of helping other people, is considered to be a cornerstone of the fraternity.

Community Involvement
Masons are encouraged to be actively involved in their communities. Some of the community outreach programs that Masons are actively involved with are listed below:

• The Masonic Foundation of Ontario, a public charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, supports hearing research, a bursary program for university and college students, autism services, prostate cancer research and alcohol and drug awareness programs in elementary and high schools.

• The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario sponsors the MasoniCh.I.P. child identification program. And we’re not above bleeding for a cause—every year, Ontario Masons support the Canadian Blood Services donor program with approximately 35,000 donations.

• Shriner’s operate the largest network of hospitals in North America providing free care for burned and orthographically impaired children. The Scottish Rite Masons maintain a network of some 150 childhood language disorder clinics, centers and programs.

Individual districts support their own charitable projects.

The term “Ancient Free”originated in England during the Middle Ages. Ancient craftsmen were very skilled and their craft was considered indispensable to the welfare of both the Church and State. For this reason, they were not placed under the same restrictions as were other workers – they were “free” to do their work, travel and live their lives in a manner befitting their importance. In England during the middle ages this freedom was rare. Our freedom from the “Operative Mason” back to the year 946, in York, England.

The term “Accepted Mason” originated in England during the Middle Ages. During the latter years of the Middle Ages, there were few educated men outside the monasteries of the world. Naturally, men wanted to become Freemasons to obtain the advantages the craft had to offer. Not all wanted to build buildings however; they just wanted to belong to the organization. These were “Aceepted” Masons, rather than “Operative” masons or “Ancient Free”. As time went on, there became many more “Accepted” members as building tadres became more widely known.

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