ICF Branch 191

The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) is a family-oriented, non-profit fraternal organization dedicated to promoting activities that build faith and family spirit and bring men, women and children of all ages together. By joining a local branch, ICF members share their culture, heritage and religious beliefs. We believe that together we accomplish more than one can alone. We are active in various cultural events throughout the country, support our local parishes, and provide various charities with financial and other support.

Branch 191 serves St. Frances Cabrini and is currently led by President Debbie Piro. The entire leadership team includes:

**CHAPLAIN     Fr. Paolo Gobbo

**PRESIDENT    Debbie Piro

**1ST VICE PRESIDENT    Jo Bertaccini
**2nd VICE PRESIDENT    Emily Corral
**TREASURER    Aldine Grisenti
**FINANCIAL SECRETARY     Camille Orlando
**ORATOR    Julie Midwin
**SENTINEL    Shirley Cantania
**TRUSTEES      Lonnie Swarringum, Anthony Spagnolo, George Midwin
**BOCCE BALL     Jo Bertaccini
**MEMBERSHIP     Mary Rossetto
**PARISH COUNCIL     Frieda Flocchini
**PHONE     Esther Ramonda
**PRAYER GROUP     Julie Midwin
**SUNSHINE Committee     Julie Midwin, Camille Orlando

ICF is among the most active organizations at St. Frances Cabrini and new members are always welcomed. Parishioners are encouraged to participate in any or all of the ICF Branch 191 faith based and social events. Updates are posted on the Parish website and Facebook pages. A monthly newsletter is also emailed to registrants who opt in to receive it. Contact Carlo Pedron for more information.

Latest Branch 191 News

2018 Newsletter Archive

Congrats to 2020 Officers — New Slate Elected, Thank You 2019 Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2020:

Debbie Piro – President

Jo Bertaccini – 1st Vice President

Emily Corral – 2nd Vice President

Jim Jones – Recording Secretary

Camille Orlando – Financial Secretary

Aldine Grisenti – Treasurer

Julie Midwin – Orator

Shirley Cantania – Sentinel

Trustees – Lonnie Swarringum, Tony Spagnolo, George Midwin

Thank you for your dedication in 2019:

**PRESIDENT     Jim Jones
**1ST VICE PRESIDENT     Bob Basuino
**2nd VICE PRESIDENT     Debbie Piro
**TREASURER     Theresa Engkilterra
**FINANCIAL SECRETARY     Camille Orlando
**ORATOR     Emily Corral
**SENTINEL     Shirley Catania
**TRUSTEES       George Midwin
                                   Anthony Spagnolo
                                   Lonnie Swarringim


ICF Calendar of Events:

November 23, 2019 SFC Holiday Food Giveaway
Essig Hall 7:00 AM
December 2, 2019 Board Christmas Party
Jim and Janice Host and Hostess
January 4, 2020 District Installation Mass
St Mary’ Church, Gilroy 9:30 AM
Luncheon to Follow.
January 6, 2020 Open Board Meeting
7:00 PM Parish Center
Debbie Piro Hostess
January 12, 2020 Quarterly Mass and Breakfast
Mass at 8:00 AM
Breakfast TBD
January 22, 2020 Dinner Meeting
6:30 PM Essig Hall
February 3, 2020 Open Board Meeting
7:00 PM Parish Center
February 15, 2020 Chicken & Polenta Dinner Dance
Watch for details

Recent ICF Events and News

Sock Hop Setup Captured: A Look Behind the Scenes

Frieda Flocchini takes SFC back behind the scenes as ICF prepped the Gym for its recent Sock Hop.

ICF Sock Hop Raffle Baskets Donations Needed

The Raffle Basket Ladies” once again are asking for your donations for the continued success of our raffle baskets at the SOCK HOP on November 9th. If you are at a loss as to what to donate, make it easy for yourselves, as we do prefer CASH or GIFT CARDS. However, we will be very happy to accept just about what ever you wish with the exceptions of pocket combs or Brylcreem.

For some ideas, we are planning baskets with the following themes:
Ice Cream Basket
Olive Basket
Christmas Basket
Thanksgiving Basket
Italian basket
Coca Cola Basket
Holiday Baking Basket

Please bring your donations at the next meeting on September 25th so we can begin to put the baskets together.

If you have any questions regarding your donation, please contact Esther (408)559-4669 or Aldine (408) 559-1242.

Remember, your generosity and thoughtfulness is what makes our raffle basket sales so extraordinary and fruitful.

ICF Sock Hop Set for November 9th

Join ICF Branch 191 as it rolls back the calendar to the 1950s with its Sock Hop Dinner and Dance November 9.

Music by Scott Trugman
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 6:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M.
Surprise Guest, 50’s attire (poodle skirt, rolled up jeans etc. optional)

Menu Includes Tri-Tip, Baked Potato, Vegetables, Green Salad, Bread & Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Corkage Fee – $10, Door Prizes & Raffle

Cost – $35 for adults; No refunds
Table Sponsor – $25

Reservation Deadline: November 1st, 2019 (Tickets picked up at the door)
Send form and check made out to ‘ICF BR.191’ to Debbie Piro

Download the Reservation Form Here.

SFC Bocce Courts: Where Memorable Events Are Made

Consider holding your next big event at the SFC Bocce Courts. Birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, showers, business meetings, club socials — even weddings are memorable when held in this venue.


Bocce Courts Rental & Fees :
Deposit: $100 (non-refundable)
Fees for groups of:
1 – 39 $175
40 – 59 $275
60 – 80 $425
Grill Rental: $10

In addition the Diocese of San Jose requires a certificate of (event) insurance for each group. If insurance is obtained through the diocese the cost is approximately $100. While wine and beer are permitted, other alcoholic beverages
are not.

Make Reservations & Learn More :
For reservations to hold a party at the bocce courts contact Camille Orlando at 408-559-0688.

The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) Branch 191 oversees the maintenance of the bocce courts and hosts Thursday evening events open to the public through mid-October, weather permitting.

For more information, see our parish web site at https://sfcabrini.org/organizations/bocce-ball/

Italian Catholic Federation St Frances Cabrini Branch 191 Announces Liz Donaldson Memorial Parish Lunch Ministry Fund

Liz Donaldson was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish for over 40 years and the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 191 for 29 years.

Liz’s passion was helping those in need. For this purpose, Liz coordinated, along with the Parish Staff, The St. Frances Cabrini Parish Lunch Ministry Program. She oversaw the preparation of all lunches which are distributed daily to those in need.

We, the members of Branch 191, have established a fund for this purpose in memory of Liz. All donations will be used to continue this special program.

Checks may be made payable to “ICF BR 191” and send check to ICF BR 191, c/o Mary Rossetto, 1954 Bernice Way, San Jose, CA, 95124. An acknowledgement will sent to the family of Liz Donaldson.

Thank you for supporting the Parish Lunch Ministry.

Frieda Flocchini Nets 2018 Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Frieda Flocchini for winning the ICF Branch Outstanding Service Award for 2018. It was presented to Frieda at the Italian Catholic Federation’s meeting on November 14th.

Frieda represents ICF Branch 191 on the SFC Parish Council She is actively involved in the Village House program sheltering homeless women each year at SFC, and participates at the two holiday food clothing and toy drives held each November and December. Most noteworthy of all, Frieda always has a smile and a kind word for anyone she meets.

Some Prior ICF Events