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BY Daniel J. EnglerRegister TV Critic
SUNDAY, Jan. 30, 10pm
Parish Priest of Majdanek: About Saint Omelian Kovch
EWTN “Apart from heaven, this is the one place where I wish to remain,” Greek Catholic Father Omelian Kovch (1884-1944), a Ukrainian, wrote his family from the Nazi concentration camp Majdanek in Poland in 1943. “Of all these here I am the only priest. … I help them to cross over this little bridge into eternity.” The Nazis tortured, imprisoned and martyred him for having saved hundreds of Polish Jews from persecution by baptizing them at their request. Father Kovch died on March 25, 1944. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 2001; the word “Saint” in the film’s title is honorific at present.
WEEK OF JAN. 30-FEB. 5, 9:30am
Masses for Catholic Schools Week
CATHOLICTV In honor of Catholic Schools Week, priests from various Catholic schools celebrate CatholicTV’s daily Masses, accompanied by altar servers and lectors from the schools. The week’s slogan is “Catholic Schools Are A+ for America!” Re-airs at 7 and 11:30pm daily.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 2, 10am
A New Translation for a New Roman Missal
EWTN Msgr. James Moroney is executive secretary of the Holy See’s Vox Clara Committee, which advises the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on translations of liturgical texts. In this new special, he and others discuss the new English translation of Pope John Paul II’s third edition of the Roman Missal and show that changes to Mass prayers starting Advent 2011 add clarity and accuracy and are in line with Vatican II. Re-airs at 1pm Friday and 5am Saturday.
SATURDAY, Feb. 5, 11pm
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL Yellowstone National Park’s 2 million acres make it larger than Rhode Island and Delaware together. They hold 17 rivers, a giant lake, a canyon 20 miles long, 23 peaks over 10,000 feet, and even more wonders.
TUESDAY, Feb. 8, 8pm
Pioneers of Television: Local Kids’ TV
PBS Stars such as Willard Scott, Jim Henson and Nancy Claster (Romper Room) got their start doing children’s shows in the 1950s and 1960s. TV-G.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 9, 10pm
Nova: Smartest Machine on Earth
PBS This Feb. 14-16, IBM’s “Watson” supercomputer will challenge the two most successful contestants in the long history of the quiz show Jeopardy.
FRIDAY, Feb. 11, 9pm
Modern Marvels: More Candy
HISTORY New visits to innovative entrepreneurs around the country uncover the candy-making secrets of Starlight Mints, Lemonheads, Mike and Ike and cotton candy.
Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.