Italian Catholic Federation
This year our celebration of the St. Joseph Table will align with its traditional meaning. According to tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, the St. Joseph altar is dedicated to the hungry poor. It began during a severe drought and famine in Sicily. The people prayed for rain and made a promise to feed the hungry in the name of the saint. The altar for the feast of St. Joseph, filled with every good thing, became a popular Italian Catholic celebration, honored at OLA for many years.
Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) invites you to donate non-perishable food or cash donations.
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!
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.
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) 762-1392
Timeline of important I.C.F. events will resume when Covid-restrictions are lifted: