Bishop urges drought-affected parents to seek relief

Bathurst Diocese has seen little rain in the past 12 months (Facebook/Bathurst Diocese)

Education should never be an added burden. That’s the message from Bathurst Bishop Michael McKenna as the diocese continues to battle drought. Source: Central Western Daily.

Bishop McKenna has reminded parents of children at Catholic schools in the Bathurst Diocese who are having financial trouble due to the drought to contact their principals if paying school fees is becoming an added stress.

“The provision of affordable Catholic schooling, especially for those in need in this time of drought, should not be an added burden to the financial strain of families,” Bishop McKenna said.

“We certainly do not wish to add to the financial burden families are currently experiencing, as money should not be a barrier to children attending Catholic schools.

“As people of faith, we are praying for rain and for everyone whose lives and livelihood depends on this blessing.”

A year ago the bishop told families suffering difficult financial circumstances to see principals. This week he noted very little rain had fallen across the diocese and the severity of the drought had increased.

He was well aware of the devastating impact it was having on communities where livelihoods were dependent on rain.

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Parents’ reminder to seek Catholic school fees relief as drought continues to hit hard (Central Western Daily)

Diocesan Information Network Update (Bathurst Diocese)

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