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 strengthens your character.

Timothy Lewis ‘20
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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 2020-21 school year, C.A.T. will meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3:15 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel. ALL are welcome!

Service Initiatives: 

  • Labre Homeless Ministry: Sharing food and friendship with Cleveland’s homeless. Meets every Sunday, 5 p.m. at Gibbons Hall. Sign up at C.A.T. Contact Mr. Walters or Fr. Reim. (Small groups of students able to participate)
  • 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. (Students serving during asynchronous time)
  • Friends with L’Arche: Building community with people who have developmental disabilities. Occurs 2nd Thursday of the month, right after C.A.T. meetings. Contact Mrs. Carroll. (On hold due to protocols at L'Arche homes.)
  • Saint Bernard Movers: Delivers furniture to recently homeless individuals. Meets Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. Sign up at C.A.T. Contact Mr. Gill. (As needed this year)
  • Gonzaga Society of Prayer: Prays for sick and suffering in our community. Meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel. Contact Mr. Augie Pacetti '96 or Mr. Guy Savastano.
  • Mission Collection: Collects donations for charities, agencies and causes. Occurs most Wednesdays. Contact Mr. Gill. 
  • Rini Family Christmas Food Drive: Assembles and delivers 700 food baskets to needy Cleveland families. Core Team meets beginning early November. Contact Mr. Walters. (Successfully completed!)
  • Spring Into Action: Organizes and executes a spring cleanup of Ohio City. Core Team meets beginning in mid-March. Contact Mr. Gill. (Will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021.)
  • Saint Monica Monday Night Meal: Prepares a meal for a monthly A.A. meeting at the West Side Catholic Center. Meets last Monday of the month at 4 p.m. Contact Mrs. Picha or Mr. McManamon. (On hold due to protocols at WSCC.)
  • 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-Friday and run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Mr. Valletta. (All Arrupe after-school programs will be virtual this year.)

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.