Good plan. Go ahead and contact the Lodge would be my advice because they will want to get to know you a bit before they allow you to petition. That way by the time you have a job locked down you should be able to submit a petition. And glad i could help, anytime.
Absolutely. Big misconception that a catholic can’t be a Mason. I know plenty of catholics that are Masons. One I know is a 33rd Degree too.
I did see the reply sorry. Didn’t know you had a question in it?
Tonight I found my way into finding an answer to one of the biggest mysteries of Freemasonry, to me, since I have joined the craft. It’s probably one of the most amazing discoveries yet as a Mason. I have been initiated, passed, and raised into some mysteries of course. But through a lot of studying and reading, I found something within our Fellowcraft degree that blows my mind a little bit. I must stop with that. But Brothers, I can’t encourage you enough to read and “seek light” on your own time outside of Lodge as well as in it. So much to learn and pass on to those Masons that will replace us. SMIB.
Totally understand man. There is a lot of misinformation out there about Masonry. Getting involved with your Church is awesome. In MY opinion, that’s much more important than Masonry and Masonry will benefit a man most who has a solid preexisting relationship with God. Anyhow, your next step would be to google some Lodges near you. Make sure they are “regular” or “recognized”. Google the Grand Lodge for your home state and they should have a directory in there for legit Lodges. Because there are some “clandestine” or illegal Lodges out there. They are scams. If you have a question about a specific Lodge don’t hesitate to contact me and I can verify their regularity. Email, call, or just go knock on the door of the Lodge. Tell them you want to be a Mason. That’s the first step, and they will guide you through the rest. Good luck and hit me up if you have any other Q’s.
"Liberty and Freedom, which is our essential Difference, richly distinguishes us from all others, and is indeed the very Soul and Spirit of the Brotherhood." - Written by Eugenius Philalethes on March 1st, 1721
Good question man. No, you don’t have to be employed to be a Mason. Keep in mind there is a “petition fee”, and that actually goes towards something for you once you go through the degrees. So you have to have a little scratch for petition fee but, it’s usually not much. The amount depends on the Lodge because each Lodge has different operating costs. There aren’t really any restrictions on work either. If someone is a drug dealer, pimp, or stripper…probably not someone that would be accepted into a Masonic Lodge. But other than that, you can be anything. Masonry is about who a man is..it’s about the internal, not the external. A warehouse worker can absolutely be a Mason. Right now, I’m a full time college student with two part time jobs. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
(adding now that whiskeytrail is correct with his comment below. Lodges are generally pretty good about making sure a man is joining for the right reasons and if there is suspicion that the potential applicant is looking for a free hand out, they will not be admitted into the Lodge. Thanks for covering that one, good point!)