Saint Ignatius High School

Christian Action Team

C.A.T. is the umbrella service organization at Saint Ignatius and gathers weekly for all students to discuss and share about those whom they serve. Programs include Labre, Pallbearers, the Christmas Food Drive and more than a dozen others.

Service is the way to Salvation.

Jacob Zorc '23
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The Christian Action Team encompasses all service initiatives on campus. Students of all four years are welcome to participate in roughly 20 programs that serve a wide range of people, from the homeless, to the deceased, to neighborhood children.

For the 2023-24 school year, C.A.T. Meetings will take place at 8:25 a.m. on Wednesdays before school in the new Companions Center for Faith That Does Justice. All are welcome!

Service Initiatives: 

  • Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Homeless Ministry: Sharing food and friendship with Cleveland’s homeless. Meets every Sunday, 5:00 p.m. at Gibbons Hall. Sign up at C.A.T. Contact Mr. Gill or Ms. Martin.
  • Saint Joseph of Arimathea Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry: Carrying deceased men and women to their final resting place. Open to juniors and seniors. Serving funerals as needed. Contact Mr. Valletta or Mr. Mulholland.
  • Friends with L’Arche: Building community with people who have developmental disabilities. Occurs one Thursday of each month. Contact Mrs. Carroll.
  • Saint Bernard Movers: Delivers furniture to recently homeless individuals. Meets Mondays after school as needed. Sign up at C.A.T. Contact Mr. Gill.
  • Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Society of Prayer: Prays for sick and suffering in our community. Meets Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. in the Companions Center. Contact Mr. Pacetti '96 or Mr. Savastano.
  • Mission Collection: Collects donations for charities, agencies and causes. Occurs most Wednesdays. Contact Mr. Pacetti.
  • Rini Family Christmas Food Drive: Assembles and delivers 700 food baskets to needy Cleveland families. Core Team meets beginning early November. Contact Mr. Gill.
  • Spring Into Action: Organizes and executes a spring cleanup of Ohio City. Core Team meets beginning in mid-March. Spring into Action will take place on Sunday April 22, 2023. Contact Mr. Gill.
  • Saint Francis of Assisi Green Team: Oversees the school's recycling program through the lens of Caring for God's Creation. Meets Mondays in Campus Ministry right after school. Contact Mr. McCafferty or Mr. Savastano.
  • Arrupe After-school Programs: Runs after-school programs for neighborhood children Monday-Thursday and run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Mr. Valletta.
  • Arrupe Academics: Assists 3rd and 4th grade students with homework. Mondays during Formation period. Bring your computer and meet in the Companions Center. Contact Mr. Valletta.

C.A.T.’s mission includes the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy... 



Feed the Hungry Counsel the Doubtful
Give Drink to the Thirsty Instruct the Ignorant
Shelter the Homeless Admonish the Sinner
Clothe the Naked Comfort the Sorrowful
Ransom the Captive Forgive Injuries
Visit the Sick Bear Wrongs Patiently
Bury the Dead Pray for the Living & Dead
Care for Creation  

... as well as the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:

Life and Dignity of the Human Person 
Call to Family, Community, and Participation 
Rights and Responsibilities 
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable 
The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers 
Care for God’s Creation

Faculty & Staff

C.A.T. Student Stories

Every year, the Christian Action Team publishes an annual report highlighting student service experiences and achievements. In 2020, that report took on a new look. Use the link below to read stories of how service helps form our students.