Education should never be an added burden.
That's the message from the Catholic Bishop of Bathurst, Michael McKenna as the diocese continues to battle with that is now a seemingly relentless drought.
Bishop McKenna, who oversees the Catholic church in Dubbo, believes it's important to remind parents who are having financial trouble throughout the drought to contact school 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.
As people of faith, we are praying for rain and for everyone whose lives and livelihood depends on this blessing.Catholic Bishop of Bathurst Michael McKenna
"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."
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.
The bishop is urging families suffering financial hardship for any reason and finding it difficult to pay school fees to contact principals.