St. Bernard Italian Catholic Federation Branch No.
At a glance:
Established: Sept. 6, 1937
About the Italian Catholic Federation:
The Italian Catholic Federation is a fraternal,
Catholic, family organization working with the parish to achieve the
goals of charitable works and support of seminarians. In the spirit of
inviting all parish families and members, we strive to bring the
community together in a different way, not just going to church on
Our co-founders, Father Albert R. Bandini and Luigi
Provedenza, realized the struggle of immigrants around the turn of the
Provedenza, a businessman, found them living in
ghettos, poor, depressed, and not educating their children. Father
Bandini notices many of them not going to church, not receiving the
sacraments, and not living Christian lives.
These two men joined forces and developed and an
organization that brought the community together in a different way
through faith, heritage, becoming an American, and helping each other.
This spirit continues on today, as we continue the work of our patron
saint, Mother Francis Cabrini.
For more information, or
to join, call St. Bernard Italian Catholic Federation
Branch No. 56 at (323) 255-6142.