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St. Michael’s to present three concerts

February 20, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 301 Spruce St., will present 45-minute Lenten concerts at 7:15 p.m. Wednes­days. more »»

Churches to hold fish dinners Fridays during Lent

February 20, 2015 The following churches have announced fish dinners to be held during the Lenten season: Our Lady of Lourdes, 2700 Broad Ave., will hold fish fry dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. more »»

Woman who survived genocide in Rwanda to speak at St. Francis

February 20, 2015 LORETTO — Immac­culee Ilibagiza, Catholic author and speaker, will tell her tale of struggle and survival during the 1994 Rwandan civil war at 7 p.m. March 19 in the JFK auditorium at St. more »»

Spiritual notes for Feb. 20, 2015

February 20, 2015 A Catholic young adult group, the first in the Altoona area, is being formed. Called Spirit and Truth, it is open to ages 18 to 40 and is run by young adults. It will meet from 8 to 10 p.m. more »»

Music for meditating

February 13, 2015 During Lent, Christians set aside time to reflect on Jesus Christ’s life, including his suffering and sacrifice. It is a time of fasting, repentance and reflecting on one’s own life as wel. more »»

Churches to hold Ash Wednesday services

February 13, 2015 Area churches will begin Lent by observing Ash Wednesday on Feb. 18 with the following services. Cathedral of the Blessed Sacra­ment, One Cathedral Square — Masses at 6:45 and 8 a.m. more »»

Parishes set Stations of the Cross times

February 13, 2015 The following is a schedule of Stations of the Cross at Blair County parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown during the season of Len. more »»

Thoughts about God influence how people approach their days

February 13, 2015 A.W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I can hardly disagree. more »»

Christians to meet for meals, weekly studies during Lent

February 13, 2015 Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 5th Ave., will hold services at 7 p.m. Thursdays during Lent beginning Feb. 19 and ending March 26. more »»

Shrove Tuesday dinners set

February 13, 2015 Churches in the area will hold pancake dinners Feb. 17 in celebrate Shrove Tuesday. They include: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Community Hall, 1212 Eighth Ave. more »»

Second Avenue church to hold fish dinners

February 13, 2015 Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., will its annual youth group-sponsored fish dinners every Friday during Lent. The dinners will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 to March 27. more »»

TV game shows exchange fun for academic challenges

February 13, 2015 What is it with TV game shows lately? I remember the good old days when they used to afford relatively mindless entertainment, like “The Match Game. more »»

Spiritual notes for Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015 Homewood at Martinsburg has named the Rev. James Neatrour to its chaplaincy staff. Neatrour serves as pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Imler and St. Mark’s Reformed Church in King. more »»

Altoona’s Jewish community part of book on synagogues

February 13, 2015 A recently published book about synagogues includes information about the Jewish houses of worship in Altoona and the surrounding area. more »»

Diocese offers two travel packages to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis

February 13, 2015 The Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is offering opportunities to travel to Philadelphia in September when Pope Francis visits the city for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. more »»

A taste for the wild

February 6, 2015 Steve Sorensen says turkey hunters experience something that happens every day, yet most people never witness it. more »»

Colleges file suit to issue degrees

February 6, 2015 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bible colleges in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit against state education regulators, seeking the unencumbered right to award degrees to students who complete their programs. more »»

Woman finds spirituality in the woods

February 6, 2015 ROANOKE, Va. — Jennifer Hoyt Lalli defies pigeonholing. Lalli, a scientist with a doctorate in polymer chemistry, is president of NanoSonic, a regional company focused on nanotechnology. more »»

Vatican hits sour note with initial outreach to women

February 6, 2015 VATICAN CITY — A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it wa... more »»

Saudi women postpone marriage, upset clerics

February 6, 2015 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother’s generation who married early, usually to a husband not of their ow... more »»

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