The ICF is a family-oriented group that encourages the sharing and celebration of different cultures… you don’t have to be Italian! OLA’s Branch 319 is proud of its service to our pastor, parish, school, and local community.
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!
Timeline of important I.C.F. events...
Monthly meetings on the third Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the OLA auditorium or at a local restaurant for fundraising purposes. 2017 dates are Oct. 20 (OLA) and Nov. 17 (El Ranchero Restaurant).
May 27 - USO Collection for military personnel traveling through Ontario Airport. Donate cash or items to sustain them on their travels: Water bottles or brand-name sodas, paper goods, individual size snacks, chewing gum or mints, disposable razors, toothbrushes, lotions or shampoos, disinfectant wipes, new books or magazines, travel games, Costco gift cards. (No homemade or perishable food, hotel toiletries, used books or past expiration.)
Sunday, June 3 – Family Picnic: Come enjoy a picnic with free barbecue lunch and games for all ages, including a jumper for children and Italian bocci ball for adults... on the green after all morning Masses at OLA.
July 4 - USO Collection for military personnel traveling through Ontario Airport. Donate cash or items to sustain them on their travels: Water bottles or brand-name sodas, paper goods, individual size snacks, chewing gum or mints, disposable razors, toothbrushes, lotions or shampoos, disinfectant wipes, new books or magazines, travel games, Costco gift cards. (No homemade or perishable food, hotel toiletries, used books or past expiration.)
September - Annual Spaghetti Dinner served in the OLA Auditorium, from noon to 5 p.m. Carry-out will be available. Purchase tickets in advance on the OLA patio after Sunday Masses at $10 adults and $5 children (5-10 years) or at the door. Event includes raffle of wonderful gift baskets and other items, including the popular "money hat"!
November - Bishop's Day Banquet at 5:30 p.m. St. Denis Church in Diamond Bar, including presentation of donations to support seminarians.
November - I.C.F. Branch 319 gathers to wrap gifts for the annual Christmas party in Los Angeles for patients with thalassemia, a hereditary blood disorder.
December - I.C.F. members make their annual pilgrimage to the shrine dedicated to Mother Cabrini, an Italian-american saint. This year (2017) is the 100th anniversary of her death. All parishioners are welcome to join this trip; deadline for reservations ($17 per person) is Nov. 26. Carpools will leave OLA before noon to arrive for a procession, Eucharistic Adoration and an outdoor Mass at 12:30 p.m. and lunch at 2 p.m. There is also a chapel and library honoring the saint. For details, contact Andrea Linn. at (909) 762-1392.
December - ICF Christmas Party at OLA
March 11, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.– St. Joseph’s Table: A traditional St. Joseph’s Table will celebrate the arrival of spring at Our Lady of the Assumption Auditorium. Fresh cannoli, Italian pastries, cakes, breads, pies and other Easter treats will be available for purchase. The ICF will be demonstrating how to make pizzelles and sfinges. Italian sausage sandwiches will be sold for $5 in the auditorium, carry-out available.
Parish bakers can meet popular demand and fund the many good works of the ICF. (See below.) Contact Jacqueline Cook at (909) 260-3371 to say you’ll bring a donation Saturday afternoon or early Sunday morning.
I.C.F. collection for local USO
The Italian Catholic Federation is collecting donations for military personnel returning from overseas (USO center at Ontario Airport) on major holidays such as memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.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.
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 and no age limit.
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
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 Bill Mussatto at (909) 626-3777
First Vice President Gary Croan at (909) 593-1138