Over the weekend Masses the Cathedral parish held an appeal for Life, a charity which works to promote the value and dignity of human life from conception to natural end. A speaker at the end of each Mass talked briefly about the four main areas of Life's work: caring (consisting of non-judgemental counselling for pregnant women and for women who have had an abortion, plus help and financial support for families with young children), education (discussing life issues in schools), housing (providing accommodation for pregnant women and those with small children) and fertility (helping couples to conceive by natural methods). The appeal was designed to raise interest in and funds for a new local Life group and a centre which is being established in Morecambe early next year. The appeal raised over £450, and there is a further opportunity to learn about the work of Life at a meeting in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre (next to the Cathedral on Balmoral Road) this Thursday at 7pm. More about Life can be found on their website, here.