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Italian Catholic Federation in Australia


The Tesseramento is the annual membership ceremony for members of local branches. During the Tesseramento, members pledge to actively serve the community through the life of their local FCI branch. Usually the Tesseramento precedes the local branch Annual General Meeting and the election of the new committee; although this can vary from branch to branch, depending on local custom and availability of priests.

The membership pledge and prayer is as follows:

I…………………… pledge before God and before our community of brothers and sisters, the willingness to be an active member of the Italian Catholic Federation.

I promise, with God’s help and blessing, to promote good will, unity and Christian love in the community, through my example, devotion and constant profession of faith.

We thank you O Lord for choosing and calling on us to be part of the Italian Catholic Federation. Grant us the grace to acquire the necessary virtues to collaborate with the clergy through prayer, good example and sacrifice; for your glory, the sanctification of the family, for the good of our migrant brothers, for our land of origin and for our adopted land.

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Members’ Responsibilities and Role

As the Tesseramento pledge indicates, members are expected, as far as possible, to be active members by attending the monthly meetings and to participate and assist in the social and religious activities organised by their branch. This includes the mass celebrated in Italian. It is recognised that due to age or ill health, some members may not be able to fully participate in all activities.

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Benefits of Membership:

• meeting people of similar or different backgrounds and forging lifelong friendships;
• through faith education – learning about your faith;
• practical assistance to the elderly and others in need;
• contributing to charitable causes;
• learning about the Italian culture;
• opportunity for leadership training;
• participation in various social activities.


An annual membership fee of $20 applies. This can be revised and changed at the AGM.

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Branches Membership Details - as at 31 October 2013

NSW Member Numbers VIC Member Numbers QLD Member Numbers
Dee Why 85 Airport West 18 Aspley - Geebung 45
Earlwood 58 Bulleen 12 Friends in Faith 13
Liverpool 40 Diamond Valley 15 North Brisbane 53
Mascot 55 Koo Wee Rup 14
Mt Pritchard 68 Morwell 108
Smithfield 41 Northcote 9
Wollongong 58 Oak Park 48
NSW Total 405 Vic Total 224 QLD Total 111

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