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The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, on behalf of its parishes,
schools, the Catholic Schools Office, CatholicCare and the Catholic
Development Fund, would like to extend our thanks to the diocesan
community for your patience and understanding when office and
school closures were made during the storm that affected Maitland,
Newcastle and the Hunter in April.
For the safety of all, our offices were closed and all Catholic Schools
in storm-affected areas were closed for at least two days. Some
schools that were affected by flooding and storm damage, or that
were without power or water, remained closed for longer. Despite
this and the significant interruptions to work and school for many
families, many of you expressed your understanding and appreciated
that these decisions were made in the best interests of all in our
community. And for that we say thanks.
It is at difficult times like these when the true sense of what it means
to be a community is realised. Our Catholic diocesan community,
which is made up of thousands of staff, teachers, students, clergy,
volunteers and parishioners, were amongst the many thousands
of people in the region to be affected by the storm. However these
same people and others came together as a community to help
those in need; rallying together to get food and clothing to those
without it, lending a helping hand to people they didn t know,
checking on their neighbours, caring for lost animals that ended up
on their doorstep, and even inviting people into their own home to
use their power, make a cuppa or sleep safely.
Our brave emergency services teams and SES workers led the way
and did so much to help those in need and restore hope for so
many -- and for that we cannot thank them enough. On reflection,
and despite the many tragedies that occurred as a result of this
storm, we have a lot to be thankful for and one of those things is
For many individuals and families, the road to recovery is still a long
one. We will continue to keep in our prayers those so tragically
affected by this disaster; the families of those who lost lives, those
who were isolated or lost their homes and possessions and those
individuals whose strength continues to inspire others to realise that
together, as a community, we will get through this difficult time.
Friends of Aurora were able to capture stunning images of the ood damage in Maitland from a Tiger Moth biplane. A full gallery of photos can be seen at mnnews.today.
Photo courtesy of Ben Fantin.
A message of thanks
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