Italian Catholic Federation (#139)
The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) is a non-profit fraternal organization for practicing Catholics of all ages and 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. Together we enrich ourselves, strengthen our family and spiritual lives, and share our blessings with one another.
Our Heritage Program informs and enlightens each new generation about the many contributions that Catholic men and women who came before us have made to our society. At local branch meetings and at our local convention, you can learn about our rich Italian American heritage as well as other heritages that make up this great nation of immigrants.
Our national publication, The Bollettino, is filled with local and national ICF news and offers the reader information about events, scholarship awards, family recipes, book reviews and historical and religious articles.
To support the clergy, the ICF offers prayers and monetary donations for the continuation of vocations and contributes to the education of young men training for the priesthood.
We award scholarships to Catholic elementary and high school students and grants to assist the developmentally disabled. Our Mario Cugia Scholarship promotes Italian studies.
We are a major supporter of Cooley’s Anemia research and treatment, and we sponsor an Organ Donor Awareness program. Our Gifts of Love Program provides grants to individuals with disabilities so that they may develop academic, athletic, vocational and creative arts skills that assist them towards greater independence.
The ICF offers various annual awards. The Pope Saint John XXIII Award is presented to an outstanding lay person who best exemplifies the humanitarian qualities of this exemplary pope. The Saint Teresa of Calcutta award recognizes and honors a priest, nun, deacon or brother for exemplary humanitarian work. We also honor a family of the year as well as a young adult who exhibits the qualities of leadership. We annually bestow the Grand President’s Award to a member for exceptional community service in the spirit of the ICF.
We welcome and extend our hearts to you. Enjoy spiritual programs, charitable work, meals together, travel excursions, and other events which allow us to worship and socialize with each other as well as raise funds to support a range of worthwhile programs.
If you are interested in joining the ICF, please contact the parish office.