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Hicks UMC reschedules its festival

May 27, 2016 Due to last week’s bad weather, Hicks United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncans­ville, will hold its Spring Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. more »»

Don’t rob yourself of peace

May 27, 2016 Quick question: When is the last time you were robbed? Oh, I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, “What’s that woman talking about? I’ve never been robbed!” Sorry, but I beg to differ. more »»

Spiritual Notes

May 27, 2016 Outdoor Masses A summer tradition is returning in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Outdoor Masses will be celebrated every Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto. more »»

Saint Francis accepting applications for its health ministry program

May 20, 2016 LORETTO — Saint Francis University is accepting applications to the Academy for Leadership in Community Based Health Ministry program. more »»

Spiritual Notes

May 20, 2016 Luncheons Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., will hold a free community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. more »»

God is only a prayer away

May 20, 2016 ‘To go or not to go; that is the question.” In case that sentence sounds familiar, it’s because I started a column with the same words a few weeks ago. more »»

Spiritual notes

May 13, 2016 Pentecost St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will celebrate the Day of Pentecost at 8 a.m. Sunday with a spoken Eucharist, and at 10:15 a.m. with a sung Eucharist. more »»

Puerto Rico church strips teachers’ pensions

May 13, 2016 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — After 36 years teaching English at a Roman Catholic school near Puerto Rico’s capital, Norma Cardoza planned to retire with a modest pension she trusted she would get from... more »»

From Cold War coverage to poetry

May 13, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Skeptics would call it coincidence, but Pavel Chichikov believes when he made a desperate plea to the Blessed Virgin Mary he heard the answer to his prayer outside a Moscow subway. more »»

tales from the front pew

May 13, 2016 You know what really bugs me? Bugs. In fact, they bug me so much that whenever that Microsoft commercial with the two “bug ladies” comes on, I change the TV channe. more »»

Couple rediscovers faith, starts church

May 13, 2016 BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Battle Creek couple Stephanie and Pastor John Boyd understand how it feels to lose and rediscover faith. more »»

Bishop to ordain three as deacons

May 13, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG – Bishop Mark . more »»

Trinity Lutheran to host ninth annual Spring Fling

May 13, 2016 Trinity Lutheran Church, 408 N. Sixth St., will hold its ninth annual Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 21. Food, games, entertainment and a petting zoo will highlight the event. more »»

Ten to receive Prince Gallitzin Cross

May 13, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will recognize 10 individuals with the 2016 Prince Gallitzin Cros. more »»

Caring for your car, a ministry of love and auto parts

May 13, 2016 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — At closing time on a Saturday, a day the car repair shop isn’t usually open, they were still working on brakes and waiting for parts and sweeping up. more »»

Hicks UMC to hold its spring festival

May 13, 2016 Hicks United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville, will hold its annual spring festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21, in conjunction with the borough’s Community Yard Sale. more »»

Religion Briefs

May 13, 2016 New York Officials: Candles possible cause of NYC church fire NEW YORK — Fire department officials say candles may have caused a recent blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church. more »»

Jehovah Witnesses attend seminar about faith

May 6, 2016 Jehovah Witnesses from the two Altoona congregations were among the 10 congregations from Central Pennsylvania who attended a weekend Bible seminar recently at Grantville Christian Assembly Hall of ... more »»

Reluctant traveler sets aside objections to visit grandkids

May 6, 2016 With my apologies to Hamlet, “To go or not to go — that is the question. more »»

Spiritual notes

May 6, 2016 Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon May 15 at the church. Cost is $5, and takeouts are available. more »»

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