PITTSBURGH (AP) _ More than 200 Roman Catholic women have organized a protest against the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, which has excluded them from traditional ''washing of the feet'' services on Holy Thursday.

''We don't want to fight. We want to be heard,'' Patricia Morgan, a member of Good Shepherd Church in Braddock, said Friday about Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua's interpretation of the liturgy.

In a directive issued last month to parish priests, Bevilacqua said women would be excluded from the service because only men were among the disciples whose feet Jesus washed at the Last Supper.

Last week, the liberal 70-member Association of Pittsburgh Priests, said its clerics probably would not comply with Bevilacqua's directive.

Although the bishop has apologized for the fuss, he refused to rescind the order. Instead, he urged priests on Friday to find a substitute for the ritual that would not exclude women.

After a meeting Friday night, the women said they rejected the suggestion that alternative gestures such as prayers, processions and hand-washing ceremonies be used to include them in the service on March 27, the Thursday before Easter.

They said they planned to protest the directive by withholding volunteer services and financial contributions from the diocese and writing protest letters to diocese officials and priests.

The women also were considering some form of demonstration, possibly asking all Catholics in the area to wear yellow armbands until Easter.

A group will be set up to review the status of Catholic women in all areas of the church, they said.

The Rev. Warren Metzler, pastor of St. James and a member of the priests' association, said women are permitted to take part in the feet-washing ceremony in the Catholic dioceses of Greensburg, Erie and Harrisburg.

''It's been done so long in the Pittsburgh Diocese that everyone just assumed it was the right thing,'' he added. ''That's why the memo was such a shock.''

The Rev. Donald Fisher, another association member, said the bishop's alternative proposal failed to address the real issue - why women are prohibited from the ritual when the church should be trying harder to include them in its ministry.

''There needs to be a great push for openness to women and sensitivity to how much we've excluded them in the past,'' he said.