The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) is a non-profit fraternal organization for practicing Catholics of all cultures. Founded in 1924, the federation’s mission is to uphold and develop the religious spirit among its members and to spread that spirit throughout the community. As Christians, we continue the tradition of love, hospitality, and works of charity as signs of Christ's peace among us. Members of the ICF enjoy the fellowship of other Catholics and their families. By praying and playing together, we enrich ourselves, strengthen our family and spiritual lives, and share our blessings with one another.
Our ministry supports
• The Beta Center
• St. Vincent De Paul
• The School of Fashion & Design for the developmentally disabled
• Cooley’s Anemia Research
• USO Center
• Disaster Support
• Student Scholarships
• Seminarian Support
For more about ICF please feel free to join us at our monthly meeting on the third Friday of the month (auditorium 6:30 pm). Join us for community spirit and fun times. All are welcome!
I.C.F. monthly collection for local USO
The Italian Catholic Federation is collecting donations for military personnel returning from overseas (USO center at Ontario Airport) once a month on the OLA patio. A collection box in the auditorium will also be available. Items for the “wish list” include: individually packaged snacks: cookies, nuts, granola bars, jerky, candy, gum; personal hygiene products such as disposable razors, tissue, toothbrushes, travel-size toothpaste, mouthwash, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion; decks of cards, paperback books, and DVDs; gift cards from Costco for deli items or non-perishable, microwavable food.
Purpose and goals of Branch 319 of the I.C.F.
This is an organization founded on the principles of charity, apostolic works, and a commitment to preserving Italian heritage. The Italian Catholic Federation is a family-oriented, non-profit, organization dedicated to promoting activities that build family spirit and bring men and women of all ages together. Members do not have to be of Italian descent. By joining our local branch, ICF members share their culture and religious beliefs. I.C.F. is proud of its assistance to the parish, pastor, and local communities. They believe that together they can accomplish more than one can alone.
Timeline of important I.C.F. events...
Monthly meetings on the third Friday of the month
Quarterly Communion Mass and Breakfast ( 9 a.m. Mass at OLA)
with breakfast at a local restaurant
March 17, 2013 – St. Joseph’s Table
A traditional St. Joseph’s Table will celebrate the arrival of spring Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Hall in Claremont, 435 Berkeley Ave. Fresh cannoli, Italian pastries, cakes, breads, pies and other Easter treats will be available for purchase from 8 a.m. The Spaghetti Dinner is served from noon to 6:30 p.m. Carry-out will be available. Purchase tickets in advance on the OLA patio after Sunday Masses at $9 adults and $5 children (5-10 years) or at the door. The sauce is prepared by Eddie Ingles of Eddie’s New York Pizza and Tutti Mangia restaurants. This year the I.C.F. raffle will include a big 40-inch LCD television screen, a $450 commuter bicycle, the famous "money hat" and many other prizes.
April 2013 – Day of Reconciliation (TBA)
June 2013 - Annual family picnic (TBA)
October 2013 - Bishop’s Banquet hosted by Branch #319
December 2013 – Pilgrimage to Mother Cabrini’s shrine; Annual Christmas Dinner and Food Collection
Membership is available to all Catholics. Many members are not of Italian descent but share the ideals of ICF and respect the Italian heritage of its founders. Annual dues ($35) include monthly Bollettino. No training necessary, no age limit.
The ICF was established in 1924 in San Francisco, California. Its co-founders Luigi Providenza born in Genoa, Italy and at the age of 26 immigrated to San Francisco and the Rev. Albert Bandini son of an influential Florentine family was a scholar, poet, and an attorney who came from New York to help his fellow Italians. Today, the ICF reaches out to all Catholics, sharing our faith and heritage with them. The founders had a dream and with branches located throughout California, Illinois, Nevada and Arizona the ICF is keeping their dream alive.
Branch President Andrea Linn at (909) 392-8735
First Vice President Gary Croan at (909) 593-1138