First Annual Moonbird Studios Food Drive

posted Nov 8, 2017, 10:10 AM by jpmanfredo

-For Immediate Release-

Moonbird Studios ( is holding our first annual food drive this year to benefit two local charities: The MLK Community Center located in Newport, RI and the East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Shop located in Bristol, RI. Collection of non-perishable food items are being accepted as well as monetary donations up until Friday, November 17th in order to make Thanksgiving. The drive will continue until December 3rd and anything received after November 17th will be donated for Christmas.

How the donations will be used:

The money received will be used to purchase non-perishable food items and split evenly between both charities. 100% of all donations will be split equally among the two charities listed herein.

Between now and Friday, November 17th - Half of all donations will be used for Thanksgiving and go to the East Bay Food Pantry, the remainder will be held for the MLK Community Center for Christmas.
Between Saturday, November 18th and Sunday December 3rd - all donations will be used for Christmas and split evenly between both charities.
* Do not feel the need to donate during both timetables. We are continuing the drive to be sure everyone on social media and that we meet personally can still contribute beyond Thanksgiving.

How to Donate:
  • Bring non-perishable items or a monetary donation (cash, check, credit) to the Lodge on our before our stated meeting on Tuesday, November 14th.
  • Donate online at:
  • for additional contact information 

Do you need a receipt?

Receipts will be sent out individually from each charity once the donations are made. If you would like a receipt please let us know your contact information (name, phone, and address).

What are some good ideas for non-perishable items?

Canned or packaged Turkey or Chicken Gravy
Canned Yams or Sweet Potatoes
Bagged or Boxed Stuffing
Canned green beans
Cranberry Sauce

CANNED PROTEIN: SPAM (low salt is best), stew, chili, Vienna Sausages, Deviled Ham, chicken, salmon, sardines, crab, tuna 
CANNED/DRIED FRUIT: All different kinds please. Low sugar, unsweetened, sugar free are best. Items such as fruit cocktail, pineapple, pears, peaches, apricots, applesauce, grapefruit, Mandarin oranges, raisins, dates, etc. 
CANNED VEGGIES: Corn, beets, yams, asparagus, mushrooms 
CANNED TOMATO PRODUCTS: Stewed, whole, diced, crushed, pureed; paste, sauce 
JELLY/JAM: Strawberry and grape are the standards but we will take anything 
SOUP: All kinds, brands and sizes 
PASTA: all shapes and sizes 
HOUSEHOLD: Paper towels, dish/laundry detergent, cleaners, etc. 
PERSONAL HYGIENE: Shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash, deodorant (male & female), tampons, sanitary napkins, lotions, etc. 


In closing we'd like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for your consideration and donation to this effort. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will touch many lives this holiday season.

November Meeting & Notes

posted Nov 7, 2017, 6:47 AM by jpmanfredo   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 6:48 AM ]

As has been posted to the brethren, our regular communication for November will be held on the 14th.  This will surely be a meeting to attend.  Our officers have been hard at work perfecting the Fellow Craft Degree and will enjoy your support.  More importantly, however, is to support your newest brothers as they move through their degrees.

This month is a busy month.  On the 7th and 8th, there are back to back District Deputy Visitations to Adelphoi and St. Albans, respectively.  Per protocol, the suite will be received at 7:15 PM.  In addition there is also the Grand Lodge Semi-Annual and Fall Festival. Visit the Grand Lodge website for more information.

Being so close to Naval Station Newport, we want to express our thanks to all of our veterans this month especially our brethren who have served, as Veterans Day is celebrated on the 11th.  On this date, a wreath laying ceremony will be held at the RI Veteran's Cemetery at 10:00 AM with a breakfast at 8:30 AM at Mt. Vernon's Lodge.

The year is coming to an end fast, as a reminder, St. Paul's Annual Communication will be held on January 25th so please mark your calendars.  Our December meeting is starting to take shape as the Master prepares an enjoyable program and our January Stated is also taking shape as well.

See you at the lodge!

Bicentennial Celebration

posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:53 AM by jpmanfredo

St. Paul's is continuing to celebrate its Bicentennial anniversary in grand fashion.  On September 5th, the Lodge will be hosting a clambake next to the building.  Event details are below:

When: September 5, 2017
Reception: 5:00 PM
Dinner Buffet: 6:00 PM

Cost: $75 per person


Chowder Station
Steamed Clams & Mussels
BBQ Chicken
R.I. Lobster
Corn, Potatoes, Salad

Cost of dinner includes a commemorative coin

Please RSVP: WB Michael Northup,

Grand Lodge Annual & Banquet

posted May 9, 2017, 10:58 AM by jpmanfredo

May 22, 2017
226th Annual Communication

The Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations will be held in Freemasons’ Hall, 222 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island for the transaction of such business as shall regularly come before it and the installation of Grand Lodge officers for the ensuing Masonic year. Grand Lodge will open promptly at 9:00 o’clock A.M.  Masters and Wardens, or their proxies, are required to attend in business suits and to wear their official jewels.


Rhodes On The Pawtuxet Inc, 60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston, RI 02905, USA

Social hour 5.30pm
Program 6.30pm
Dinner 7.00pm

Tickets only available at the Grand Lodge Office: 222 Taunton Avenue, East Providence
$40 per person. Deadline for tickets is May 8 2017
Dinner choices are: Chicken Cote D'azure, Pan Seared Filet Mignon or Roasted Vegetable Mediterranean Ravioli

Scavenger Hunt

posted Apr 13, 2017, 7:10 AM by jpmanfredo   [ updated Apr 13, 2017, 7:11 AM ]

Hello brothers!  Soon many of you may be hiding Easter eggs for the little ones and this got us thinking...Why should children have all the fun?  St. Paul's is pleased to present its first scavenger hunt.  The idea was based off of the Grand Lodge version, however we have isolated ours to our website and temple.

As we get closer to the May Communication we will post the first clue on Facebook, this website and in our monthly notice.  Remember, some of the clues will be here and some in the temple.  Of course, what is a game without rules:

#1 No looking while Lodge is open
#2 You may ask for hints (See the Senior Warden)
#3 Be careful, some clues are hidden in plain sight and you may not want to give away it's location
#4 You will not have to remove anything, but you may have to handle something, if you do put it back the way you found it
#5 Have fun and learn, this can be accomplished in 1 day
#6 Those completing the hunt will receive a prize!  The first will get an extra reward

April Visitations

posted Mar 30, 2017, 6:50 AM by jpmanfredo   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 6:50 AM ]

April showers may bring May flowers, but this month it will also bring 2 visitations

April 3rd
District Deputy Grand Master Visitation
St. John's Lodge #1
81 Sprague St, Portsmouth, RI

April 11th
Most Worshipful Grand Master
East Bay Visitation
Washington Lodge #3
39 Baker St. Warren, RI 02885
District Suite assembly at 7:00 PM
Grand Lodge Suite assembly at 7:15 PM

East Bay Charity Event

posted Mar 16, 2017, 12:57 PM by jpmanfredo   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 12:58 PM ]

The East Bay District will be holding a charity event to raise funds for the Newport Homeless Shelter.  This year the event will be held at St. John's Lodge #1 in Portsmouth, RI and will be a comedy show run by Funny 4 Funds. Check back for more details!

When: May 6th @ 5 PM
Where: 81 Sprague St, Portsmouth, RI
Tickets: $20 see any of the Senior Wardens of an East Bay Lodge
Bring your own snacks

Newest Members of St. Paul's

posted Jan 4, 2017, 6:58 AM by jpmanfredo   [ updated Jan 4, 2017, 6:58 AM ]

2016 was exciting from a degree work perspective.  We were able to raise 3 brothers to the sublime degree of Master Mason and at our January Communication they were deems proficient and signed the by-laws of the lodge, making them official members of St. Paul's Lodge #14.  Congratulations again to Brothers Nachum Renfrow, John Shaw, and Anthony Paolino.

The Worshipful Master presented each new member with a copy of the volume of sacred law and a trowel.  We look forward to seeing them be a part of the lodge as we move into our 200th anniversary.

St. Paul's Newest MM

posted Nov 14, 2016, 8:41 AM by jpmanfredo   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 8:42 AM ]

Congratulations to Brothers Nachum Renfrow, John Shaw, and Anthony Paolino on being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.  Their journey started in March of 2016 and I
was pleased to be appointed around this time as their mentor of sorts.  It has been and I am sure will continue to be a an exciting venture as they learn their proficiency and attend their forums.  Brothers of St. Paul's, these three has exemplified what it means to work.  Tirelessly they have put in the hours necessary to deliver their previous proficiency and often lending a hand to assist one another in order that they put the best foot forward.  They have taken the time to get to know the sideline brothers and extend a hand of friendship, regardless of where they go and I expect nothing less of them as we turn the page on 2016 and look forward to 2017 when they can at last sign the by laws of the lodge.  It
 has been my pleasure to work with them, and on behalf of St. Paul's Lodge congratulations again to our newest Master Masons

-Brother Joshua Manfredo

Patriots & Brothers Win!

posted Nov 1, 2016, 8:44 AM by jpmanfredo   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 8:44 AM ]

This past Sunday, St. Paul's Lodge opened its doors to hold a social function.  Brothers gathered to watch the 41-25 win of the Patriots over the Buffalo Bills.  While this alone would have called for a great night, there was much much more.  Bro. George Barcus treated the brothers to a spread of good food and raffles throughout the day.   Some of the prizes up for grabs included cigars (donated by Bro. Josh Manfredo) and various Patriots memorabilia.  

Thank you to all brothers who could make it out to support this effort, also special thanks to the ladies who also joined us for the afternoon. 

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