Winners from 2014 Annual Grants Program, Stephen and Eloise Bird, were awarded a grant for their end-of-year Youth Camp and January Youth Leadership Training Retreat for their parish, Our Lady of Lourdes.
Young parents Steven and Eloise Bird are long-time parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish. It was Steven’s home parish growing up and now he and Eloise run the Youth Ministry. Eloise and Steven applied for a grant to help fund their end-of-year Youth Camp and their Youth Leadership Training Retreat.
Our Lady of Lourdes Youth Ministry realised that they could not run an effective ministry unless their leaders had some basic formation in the faith. After the last Leadership Training session Eloise said she was, “blown away by the support for adoration and reconciliation.”
“So many of our young adults were interested in our session ‘The Mass Explained’. It’s reassuring to see people open to the richness of their faith, and I’m grateful this grant will allow more people to learn.”