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Italian Catholic Federation in Australia

FCI Dee Why

The FCI branch of Dee Why, NSW, is a vibrant community of 85 members based in the parish of St Kevin’s, Dee Why. Monthly activities, upcoming events and contact details of the FCI Branch of Dee Why are listed below.

Meetings: Monthly meetings are held on every first Tuesday of the month (except January).
Address: St Kevin’s Church (Lower Hall), 57 Oaks Ave, Dee Why, NSW
Time: 7.30pm

Activities: FCI Dee Why is proud to organise a number of religious, social and charitable activities throughout the year, including:
- Carte e tombola (Italian card games and bingo) 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm
- Biggest cup of tea fundraiser (dinner dance)
- Festa dei Nonni dinner dance (Celebrating Grandparents day)
- Christmas dinner dance
- Bus trips (various)
- Membership ceremony “Tesseramento”
- Religious Feats including:
- Festa della Madonna Assunta
- Festa della Madonna di Fatima (May)
- Festa della Madonna di Fatima at Allambie Hts Scalabrini village (October)
- Stations of the Cross through the streets (Good Friday)

For more information, please contact: Nazzareno Calabrese (branch President)
Ph: 02 9401 4374 or 0412 661 867
Address: C/- 58 Westmoreland Ave, Collaroy, NSW 2097

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FCI Mascot

In 2013, the FCI branch of Mascot, NSW, is celebrating 50 years of continued service to the Italian community. The branch has 55 members and is very active, organising a number of activities each year. Monthly activities, upcoming events and contact details of the FCI Branch of Mascot are listed below.

Meetings: Monthly meetings are held on every first Monday of the month (except January).
Address: St Therese Parish, Sutherland Street, Mascot NSW
Time: 7.30pm

Activities: FCI Mascot is proud to organise a number of religious, social and charitable activities throughout the year, including:
- Valentine’s Day dinner dance (February)
- Mothers Day dinner dance (May)
- Fathers Day dinner dance (September)
- Christmas dinner dance (December)
- Multicultural Masses
- Celebration for the Feast Day of St Therese
- Involvement in all Parish activities
- Membership ceremony “Tesseramento”

Recent Events: The FCI Branch of Mascot recently celebrated its 50th birthday! Please click on the image below to view a summary of the event and photos (Italian)

mascot article

For more information, please contact: Tina Aprea-Benussi (branch President)
Ph: 02 9583 1840 or 0418 239 797
Address: PO Box 189, Mascot NSW 1460

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FCI Mount Pritchard

The FCI branch of Mount Pritchard, NSW, is a vibrant community of 68 members based in the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mount Pritchard. Monthly activities, upcoming events and contact details of the FCI Branch of Mount Pritchard are listed below.

Meetings: Monthly meetings are held on every second Tuesday of the month
Address: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, The Parish Centre, 230 Humphries Rd, Bonnyrigg NSW
Time: 9.45pm

Activities: FCI Mount Pritchard is proud to organise a number of religious, social and charitable activities throughout the year, including:
- Carte e tombola (Italian card games and bingo), every Thursday
- Mothers Day and Fathers Day festivities
- Grandparents Day festivities
- Big Cup of Tea fundraiser
- Spiritual retreats
- Healing mass for the sick, followed by lunch (twice per year)
- Membership ceremony “Tesseramento”

For more information, please contact:
Address: The President, PO Box 520, Mt Pritchard NSW 2170

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FCI Smithfield

The FCI branch of Smithfield, NSW, is an active community of 41 members based in the parish of St Theresa’s Church, Fairfield West. Monthly activities, upcoming events and contact details of the FCI Branch of Smithfield are listed below.

Meetings: Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Address: St. Theresa’s Church Hall, Corner The Boulevarde & Stella Street, FAIRFIELD WEST NSW
Time: 7.30pm

Activities: FCI Smithfield is proud to organise a number of religious, social and charitable activities throughout the year, including:
- Monthly meetings
- Membership ceremony “Tesseramento”
- Bingo: 7.30pm on Tuesdays (contact for dates) and 10.00am on Fridays (contact for dates)

Recent Events: FCI Smithfield is a proud supporter of the Children's Hospital at Westmead, and has been awarded this certificate in recognition of their fundraising efforts. Congratulations to all members and supporters of FCI Smithfield!

certificate

For more information, please contact: Filippo Reitano (branch President)
Ph: 02 9604 2420
Address: C/- 1 Rawson Road, Fairfield West, NSW 2165

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FCI Wollongong

The FCI branch of Wollongong, NSW, is one of the longest serving branches of the Italian Catholic Federation in Australia. It is a vibrant and very active community of 58 members. Monthly activities, upcoming events and contact details of the FCI Branch of Wollongong are listed below.

Meetings: Monthly meetings are held on every fourth Saturday afternoon of the month.
Address: Scalabrinian Room, 28 Stewart Street, Wollongong, NSW
Time: 3.00pm

Activities: FCI Wollongong is proud to organise a number of religious, social and charitable activities throughout the year, including:
- Mothers Day lunch
- Membership ceremony “Tesseramento”
- Fundraising lunch in support of the Scalabrinian Seminary (Borsa di Studio)
- Special wedding anniversary blessing mass
- Italian Week thanksgiving mass
- Spiritual retreats held on the long weekends of June and October

For more information, please contact: Marina (branch President)
Ph: 0417 260 845
Address: PO Box 330, Wollongong, NSW 2520

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NSW State Committee

The NSW State Committee, composed of representatives from all of the NSW branches, organises various activities during the year, bringing together the members of the various NSW FCI branches. Monthly activities, upcoming events and contact details of the NSW State Committee are listed below.

Meetings: For 2014, meetings will be held on the second Monday of every second month, from 10 February 2014.
Address: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish Hall, Corner Homer Street & James Avenue, Earlwood NSW
Time: 7.30pm

Activities: The NSW State Committee organises a number of religious, social and charitable activities throughout the year, including:
- Easter Monday Picnic ‘Pasquetta’
- Annual Spiritual Retreat
- Light supper together following our December meeting

For more information, please contact: Tina Aprea-Benussi (President)
Ph: 02 9583 1840 or 0418 239 797
Address: PO Box 189, Mascot NSW 1460

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FCI Aspley-Geebung

The FCI Branch of Aspley-Geebung, founded in 1983, serves the Italian Community on Brisbane’s Northside, more specifically, in the areas of Albany Creek, Aspley, Bridgeman Downs, Boondall, Carseldine, Geebung, Taigum and Zillmere.
The Italian language mass is celebrated with its fellow FCI branch of FCI North Brisbane, at Holy Cross Church in the Lutwyche Parish at 8am on Sundays. Monthly activities, upcoming events and contact details are listed below.

Meetings: Monthly meetings are held on every first Monday of the month (except January).
Address: St Gerard Majella Catholic Church Hall, 146 Maundrell Tce, West Chermside
Time: 10am

Activities: FCI Aspley-Geebung is proud to organise a number of religious, social and charitable activities throughout the year, including:
- Italian Film and Pizza Nights, 3 times per year on a Friday Night at 6.00pm
- Saint Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Marian Valley, Canungra, in September
- Annual Spiritual retreat
- Italian Mass on special Feast Days and for Christmas Eve, with Italian Christmas Carols
- “Care and Concern Group” which dedicates itself to visiting the sick and elderly
- Monthly Seminars
- Membership ceremony “Tesseramento”
- Annual Charity Dinner Dance, held in September / October, organised in conjunction with its fellow FCI branches of North Brisbane and Friends in Faith.
- Contribution to the magazine “Rintocchi”

Upcoming Activities: 18/10/2014. Annual Dinner Dance to raise funds for the Scalabrinian Seminary Bursary Fund, Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Brisbane.
Please Contact the Secretary for ticketing and pricing.

For more information, please contact: Connie (branch secretary)
Ph: 0415 592 155
Postal Address: PO Box 44, Aspley Qld 4034

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FCI Friends in Faith

The FCI Branch of Friends in Faith, is a Catholic Community united in friendship and in faith and enriched by our Italo-Australian heritage, bearing witness to Christ through the promotion and organization of spiritual, social and charitable activities. Founded in 2004, the branch was originally known as Giovani Insieme. Now known as Friends in Faith, it continues to serve the Italo-Australian Community on Brisbane’s Northside, more specifically, in the areas of Everton Park, Stafford Heights, Aspley, Chermside and Lutwyche.
Despite only having a membership base of 13 members, the branch is very active in both the Italian and Parish communities with a wide support base. The Italian language mass is celebrated with its fellow FCI branches of FCI North Brisbane and FCI Aspley-Geebung, at Holy Cross Church in the Lutwyche Parish, 8am on Sundays. Monthly activities, upcoming events and contact details are listed below.

Formation Nights: Monthly Formation Nights are held on the third Tuesday of the month (except December).
Address: Please contact Michael for details (0403 144 881)
Time: 7.45pm

Activities: FCI Friends in Faith is proud to organise a number of religious, social and charitable activities throughout the year, including:
- Easter Monday Pasquetta Picnic
- Charity Trivia Nights
- Annual Spiritual retreat
- Mini-Retreats (held every quarter)
- Monthly Formation Nights
- Friends in Faith led mass, every 6 weeks in the Lutwyche Parish
- Membership ceremony “Tesseramento”
- Annual Charity Dinner Dance, held in September / October, organised in conjunction with its fellow FCI branches of North Brisbane and Aspley-Geebung.
- Participation in multicultural festivals and special feast days
- Publication of monthly newsletter “Ben-Detto!”
- Contribution to the community magazine “Rintocchi”

Newsletter and Facebook Page:
Each month, FCI Friends in Faith publishes its own newsletter, titled “Ben-Detto!” The newsletter contains various articles written by the members on recent events, advertising for upcoming events, faith formation reflections, arts and craft, gardening, faith in the workplace, community announcements, jokes and games. The latest copies of the Ben-Detto are uploaded to this website under “Newsletter”. If you wish to subscribe, please send us an email at friendsinfaith@live.com.au FCI Friends in Faith can be found on Facebook. Please become our friends! Search for FCI FIF.

Upcoming Activities:
20/09/2014. Annual Charity Trivia Night, Heritage Hall, Wooloowin (Brisbane). Please Contact the President for ticketing and pricing.
18/10/2014. Annual Dinner Dance to raise funds for the Scalabrinian Seminary Bursary Fund, Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Brisbane. Please Contact the President for ticketing and pricing.
14/12/2014. Carols by Candlelight, Holy Cross Church, Wooloowin (Brisbane). Free Event. Please contact the President for details.

For more information, please contact: Michael (branch President)
Ph: 0403 144 881
Postal Address: PO Box 5723, Stafford Heights Qld 4053
Email: friendsinfaith@live.com.au

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