Italian Catholic Federation


About ICF

The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) is a non-profit, fraternal organization for Catholics. Founded in 1924 in San Francisco, CA.  Our moto, Ignem Veni Mittere, “I came to light a fire.”  The Federations mission is to uphold and develop the religious spirit among its members throughout the community. Members of the ICF enjoy the fellowship of other Catholics and their families by praying and playing together.

The Italian Catholic Federation has approximately 14,000 members in 172 Catholic parishes in California, Arizona, Nevada and Illinois.
For more information, go to ICF Website.

About Branch 227 at Saint Joseph’s

ICF Branch 227 was formed in 1968 and we have approximately 140 individual and family members. We have a board that meets once a month and our general membership meets once a month for dinner meeting. Our largest fund raising function is our Lenten Friday Fish Fry’s.

We turn the money we earn back into our community including Saint Joseph’s and many of the ministries listed on this web site. The only criteria to becoming a member of ICF is to be participating Catholic.

How to get Involved

For more information, email [email protected].  This is our direct email to our current President.

Frequently Asked Questions

Altar Servers are lay men and women, girls and boys, who are designated to assist the priest and the deacon at Mass. Ordinarily; they are responsible for the cross, the candle. They hold the book for the priest at the chair, assist the priest during the preparation of the gifts, and they wash the hanaltar serversds of the priest. In general, they assist the priest and deacon when necessary.
Altar servers are baptized Catholic Men, Women, Boys and Girls who are mature enough to understand and carry out their liturgical function. They should have received their first Holy Communion and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy.
Formation is both technical and spiritual. Altar servers need to know the individual parts of the Mass and their specific meaning, the various objects used in the liturgy and their proper names, and the differing functions of the altar server during Mass and other liturgical celebrations. They need to understand their functions as a generous service to God and God’s people. Finally, they should be prepared to exercise their functions with reverence and proper decorum.