The Health Ministry at Saint Patrick Catholic Church has some exciting plans for kick-starting a healthy and active summer.

Lazy Man Ironman

The first ever Saint Patrick Catholic Church & School Lazy Man Ironman kicks off May 5, 2018 and it is not for the lazy. This Iron Man with a twist allows individuals, families, or teams to complete a legendary Ironman competition over a six-week period rather than a single day. In traditional Ironman or triathlon competitions, participants have one day to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. The Lazy Man Ironman has the same requirements, but allows for 6 weeks— until June 16, to complete it. All competitors who complete this event will be eligible for prizes.

You can choose alternatives, as indicated below, for each of the three sports.

Alternate activities are:

  • 1-hour water fitness class=1 mile swim
  • 1-hour water walking/jogging=3 miles run/walk/swim or 5 miles bike
  • 1 hour aerobics class (i.e., kickboxing, Zumba) = 5 miles run/walk/swim or 7 mi bike
  • 1-hour treadmill/elliptical/rowing machine=5 miles run/walk/swim or use mileage counter
  • 1-hour spin cycle class=20 miles bike
  • 1 hour physical therapy=5 miles swim/run/walk or 10 miles bike

In the next few weeks, each registered participant will receive a tracking form to log miles.  The Health Ministry Leader, Garry FitzGerald will contact each participant by e-mail to check progress. Progress reports will be posted on a whiteboard in the Gathering Space at the back of the church. You can choose not to have your progress noted on the whiteboard, just let us know.  Once you or your team has completed the required distances you are done, but you can keep going and report your extra miles to be posted to the whiteboard.

The Health Ministry will be awarding prizes in the following categories.

  • Oldest participant
  • Youngest participant
  • First individual to complete the Lazyman Ironman
  • Most total miles completed by June 16th by an individual, and by a team
  • Best Lazyman Ironman participation picture.  Please submit photos of yourself participating in this event as often as you would like!

Need to register?  Send us an email.

Emergency Food Network Hunger Walk & 5K Run


Does a stroll through in the park sound like a great way to spend your Saturday morning? At the Hunger Walk & 5K Run you can enjoy a morning of beautiful lake views and help your neighbors in need at the same time. On May 5, Emergency Food Network is hosting the Hunger Walk & 5K Run at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Participants in this 38th annual event will walk around Waughop Lake or run in a chip-timed 5K. Family-friendly activities and live music are also provided at the start/finish line.

Saint Patrick Catholic Church & School will once again be sponsoring a team. What better way to kick off the Lazy Man Ironman while helping Pierce County’s hungry. Register today and get your discount by joining the St. Pat’s Pacers team.

National Bike Month


May is National Bike Month, and the Health Ministry with the assistance of Father Jerry Graham, S.J. will be organizing a Blessing of the Bikes and a leisurely ride around Point Defiance Park in conjunction with the Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club.

Hiking Group

The Health Ministry, thanks to the help of ministry member and parishioner Barbara Hepfer, will also be organizing a Hiking Group to participate in easy to moderate hikes exploring the natural beauty of the Puget Sound area. Barb will be available to talk about this program at Sunday Social Hour on April 8 or send us an email to learn about getting involved in this new group.

It is not the soul alone that should be healthy. If the mind is healthy in a healthy body, all will be healthy and much better prepared to give God greater service.St. Ignatius

The Health Ministry looks forward to having parishioners and friends join us in these great activities.

Learn More

Garry Fitzgerald, Health Ministry Leader


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