THE BEACHES LODGE 473A.F. & A.M. CONSTITUTED 1905 TORONTO EAST DISTRICT
Welcome to The Beaches Lodge. We would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our site. If you are interested in Freemasonry, we hope this site will help answer some of your questions.
For Masons, The Beaches Lodge meets on the 1st Thursday of every month except July and August.
The Lodge typically opens its doors at 7:30pm and hosts visitors after. (So, if you would like to meet a Mason, please visit us at York Temple, and have a drink with us before lodge opens.) Our Official Visit is in March and the Installation is in May.
We invite all traveling brethren to visit our Lodge at The York Temple in Toronto.
Our Mission & Vision
Our vision and mission is to help make good men better
It has long been said that Freemasonry makes good men better. Better in all facets of life, starting with personal growth. There are many quotes with regards to Freemasonry making good men better, such as: “A good man is one who at least tries to do the right thing, to get through life affecting people in a positive way whenever possible.”
Freemasonry focuses on those ideals which should be in the heart of all civilised men. Indeed, we learn early in our Masonic career that the cornerstone of Freemasonry is brotherly love, relief and truth. These ideals are some of the highest a man can achieve in his life and the practice of common manners and etiquette will make a good man better.
The involvement of Freemasonry in charitable pursuits helps members focus on making the lives of others less fortunate, simply, better and more comfortable. Charity begins in the heart. Any Freemason at any lodge meeting in the world will be confronted with charity or acts of charity a number of times. He will be asked to give something towards charity if he is able, it may be time to spend at a local fundraiser or time from his busy day to aid others. He may be asked to vote on the direction of money toward needy causes. Lodges may also occasionally group together aid local organisations, like hospitals and youth groups.
Within our lodge, there are three stages of Masonic membership: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. These stages are referred to as “degrees,” and correspond with members’ self-development and increased knowledge of Freemasonry. As a man completes each phase of learning, the lodge holds a ceremony to confer his degree.
To reflect their heritage, Masons wear aprons while in lodge, as well as at certain public events, and at funerals to demonstrate their pride in the fraternity, and their lineage from stonemasons, who historically carried their tools in leather aprons, which also protected them. The square and compass is the most widely known symbol of Masonry: When you see the symbol on a building, you know that Masons meet there.
Masonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. The fraternity requires its members to have a belief in a Supreme Being, but the fraternity itself is not affiliated with any religion, and men of all faiths are represented in the fraternity. Religion is not discussed at lodge meetings.
There are two kinds of meetings for members. The most common is a business meeting, called a Board of General Purposes meeting, devoted to administrative procedures: discussing minutes of the last meeting, financial matters, voting on applications, and planning for lodge activities. The second kind of meeting is ceremonial, used for admitting new Masons and conferring degrees. It is within these meetings that the lessons passed down for generations are taught.
Membership in Masonry is not a secret; all members are free to acknowledge their membership. There is no secret about any of Masonry’s aims or principles. Masonry’s constitutions and rules are available to the public, and meeting locations are clearly identifiable. Like many similar organisations, some of Masonry’s internal affairs, such as ceremonies, grips, and passwords, are regarded as private matters for recognised members only, who have paid their fees and are entitled to learn them.
Historically, it has been said, Freemasonry began when medieval stonemasons formed local organisations called lodges to take care of sick and injured members, as well as the families of those who were killed on the job. These masons also used lodges as places to meet, receive their pay, plan their work, train new apprentices, and socialise. Today, this term refers not only to a unit of Masons but also the room or building in which they meet.
About Our Gentle Craft
Making Good Men Better.
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Its members share a common goal of helping each other become better men. Its body of knowledge and philosophy is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself, daily, while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and the fraternity.
It’s no secret that the roots of Freemasonry reach back centuries and its members today are diverse.
We’re united by three ancient and fundamental principles—brotherly love, relief and truth—made relevant today through the personal development, good works and fraternal bonds in all our lodges across Ontario.
Great benefits…for you and the world.
Freemasonry offers much to its members—the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference and the means to build a better world for our children.
We strengthen and improve the character of each member by teaching and practicing basic virtues at our meetings. Principles taught on the floor of a lodge room extend far beyond our interactions with each other, as we strive to apply them to our daily lives.
And there’s so much more.
It’s easy to learn about Freemasons—starting with the pages of this website. Need more details? Looking for a Mason in your community to share his personal perspective? Send an email, call or drop by your local Masonic lodge.
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