“YOU’RE a Mrs?” students at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank, often ask Eloise Bird.
The petite 24-year-old who’s completing a practical placement there as a student teacher married Steven Bird, who is youth co-ordinator at Sunnybank parish, last August.
Together Steven and Eloise now share the parish youth ministry role and are planting strong roots in another faith-oriented area – a group for “young married couples” in Brisbane.
“We have so little spare time,” Eloise said of their work, study and parish commitments.
“We don’t get to spend much time together … so wanted to start a group where we could both attend and be with other newly-marrieds.”
Towards the end of last year, the Birds organised a dinner with a number of other couples married less than 10 years, to gauge the interest.
“They were really positive about it,” Steven said.
“Even the couples who couldn’t come said, ‘We’d love to be involved’.”
Steven and Eloise have worked with Brisbane archdiocese’s Vocations Office to establish the “Brisbane Catholic Young Married Couples” group and are planning their next dinner and input session – following Leaven Hour in St Stephen’s Chapel, city, (from 5.10pm) on July 22.
“It’s about married couples coming together and supporting each other,” Steven said.
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