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July 2020

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Sir Knights, 

As a result of discussions at the Stated Conclave of May 9th, 2020, an amendment to the Sacramento Commandery No. 2’s By-laws will be presented at the September Stated Conclave.

The amendment would redefine our dues to specify separately the portion that is transmitted to Grand Commandery for our annual per-capita from the portion that we have available for our own expenses, so we can properly manage remittance when the per capita is increased by Grand Commandery.

Harvey J Holcomb


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We are living in interesting times.  It has been since March that we were able to come together in person in friendship and Brotherly Love.   We may still be physically absent from one another, but we are still united and strong, although in a rather informal format, via electronic medium.

It is good to hear and see one another through these means but I look forward to the future when we can once again be among Brothers in person, in peace and in harmony.  Until that time arrives, be cautious, stay healthy and do not hesitate to reach out to a Companion. We are here for you. 


Joseph Wallach
Illustrious Master 

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Hope you and your family are healthy and safe during these truly unstable times.

As our Masonic Temple slowly recovers from last month’s riot and looting, the Public Health shelter-in-place orders remain in effect, keeping all non-essential social gatherings on hold.

For additional updates and open discussion on this topic, please join us via Zoom this July 11th at 9:00 AM for our monthly virtual gathering.  

If you prefer to join via phone call, please dial (669) 900-6833.

Meeting ID 873 493 896 43

Until then, Happy 4th of July!


Francisco Marques

High Priest

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Saturday, July 11th

9:00 AM

Chapter No. 3 of Royal Arch Masons
Council No. 1 of Cryptic Masons 

Join Zoom Meeting HERE

Or call (669) 900-6833 to join via phone.

Meeting ID: 873 493 896 43

Wednesday, July 15th

Time TBD

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
2020 Annual Convocation 

Zoom Audio / Video 
Stay tuned for Zoom Meeting Information


Saturday, August 8th

9:00 AM

Chapter No. 3 of Royal Arch Masons
Council No. 1 of Cryptic Masons

Zoom Audio / Video

Stay tuned for Zoom Meeting Information



California Grand York Rite Sessions

The Grand Sessions has been scheduled in three parts: Grand Council on June 20th; Grand Commandery on July 11th; and Grand Chapter on July 15th.  They will all be virtual, using a ZOOM platform; however, the Grand Chapter meeting may be also be face-to-face, if permitted by our Grand Master and Governor. Registration for these three meetings is vital. Please visit to submit the registration online. The face-to-face meeting will also have a lunch by Tony's Delicatessen & Catering, which was recently destroyed by the rioters, and will be their first new business after that destructive and deplorable event. 

Attendees at the meetings must be in Good Standing and should have their dues cards with them when attending either meeting. Members who have not paid their dues for 2020 may still attend but will not be able to vote at Grand Chapter. There will be no voting at the other meetings.


You must inform us on the registration document how many votes you expect to ballot -- use the comment field to specify the number.  Members who are an Elected Representative or have a proxy or proxies, should also submit the appropriate forms to the Office, using the forms that you can find on the website:


Take care of all these matters 72 hours before each meeting. DO NOT DELAY. As soon as we have your registration document we will send you the hotel booking link and further info, if you wish to attend the Grand Chapter convocation in person. 

Thanks for your cooperation during these difficult times. Your Grand Officers are making difficult decisions under trying circumstances and I personally ask you each to understand that and support their efforts. The Ritual of all three bodies is in good hands, and the ritual leadership is eager to return to work to perform our marvelous degrees and orders.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Phil Hardiman
Grand Secretary-Recorder


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Book of the Month

The Lost Keys of Freemasonry

Also Includes:

Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians

Masonic Orders of Fraternity

Here is Manly P. Hall's classic work on history's most secretive brotherhood- reset and collected with two additional celebrated Hall volumes on occult Masonry.

Freemasonry is the subject of perennial fascination-recently the cover story of a national newsmagazine, the premise of the movie National Treasure, and the anticipated basis of a forthcoming novel by Dan Brown. The twentieth century's great scholar of occult and esoteric ideas, Manly P. Hall was a Mason himself and nurtured a lifelong interest in the secret fraternal order, making it the focus of one of his earliest and best-loved books, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry. In this celebrated work, he examines the ethical training required of a Freemason, and the character traits a Mason must "build" within himself. Hall's 1923 volume is now reset and made available exclusively in this new edition, along with the author's two further classics on Masonry:

- Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians (1937), which explores the roots of Freemasonry in the initiatory temple rites of Pharaonic Egypt; and
- Masonic Orders of Fraternity (1950), a fascinating work of short history that chronicles the reemergence of Freemasonry in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It surveys the lives of Masonry's modern architects and the secretive organizations that immediately preceded the brotherhood.

This three-in-one volume features the original illustrations of each book, for a total of nearly thirty images, including recreations of scenes and rites from Masonry's unusual history. It also includes a new index encompassing all three titles.

ISBN-10: 1585425109

ISBN-13: 978-1585425105

Purchase Book




Video of the Month​


Elias Silhi has been a tenant of the Sacramento Masonic Temple since 1991. He is a good man with a kind heart and a beautiful soul. Truly a “Mason Without Apron” - a term some of us use to describe a gentleman who was never himself been initiated a Freemason, but certainly deserving of being called a Brother nonetheless.

Over the last weekend of May 2020, Tony's Delicatessen & Catering was looted, vandalized and completely destroyed. All windows and doors were smashed to pieces, tables and chairs shattered, refrigeration systems destroyed, kitchen appliances and a safe stolen. The deli and basement were flooded, causing water damage.

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“I've been here 29 years, going on 30 years. 
My life is here. What can I say? 
This is not good, this is not the way to do things. 
Why did they do this to me? What have I done to them?”

“This weekend my life work was shattered by looters. 29 years of work taken from me in just two days. We were already closed for 8 weeks because of COVID-19.  We had just reopened under the new guidelines for restaurants, hoping to make up the lost revenue. It would be at least a month before we can reopen, if not more. That is three months of no income, but ongoing business costs. I have retained all my employees, who have been with me for a long time, and don't want them to worry about the future. I don't know how to recover from this and rebuild. I am devastated.

I don't know why this happened, but I know that God will provide the path forward. Thank you to everyone who showed up to help clean the damage, the support means everything to me, my family, and my employees.

Many have asked how to help. Donations in any amount to help us survive the next couple of months as we rebuild life would be a blessing. I'm sorry to be in the position to need to ask. Thank you for your business these past 30 years, it has meant everything. 

God bless,


Link to KCRA3 Article: Tonys Deli Destroyed After 2nd Night of Looting 
Link to SacBee Article: Everything Stolen Big and Small 



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About Me: I am an immigrant who came to America as a young adult searching for the American dream. My wife, Norma, and I  have raised my family here, and I have worked in downtown Sacramento for 40+ years. I put my life savings into starting Tony's Delicatessen & Catering 30 years ago this year and have never looked back. I love my business and everything it stands for, and I love my customers and helping in my community.

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Sacramento York Rite NEWS
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Sacramento Masonic Temple

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Sacramento CA 95814

Francisco Marques
(916) 832-8357

Richard Wilson
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