Conclave and Papal Events

EWTN The date of the conclave to elect the new pope was not set as of our deadline, but, naturally, the conclave and subsequent coverage of the new pope will alter EWTN’s program schedule this month, so this column’s selection of EWTN shows is provisional. Check for updates.

MONDAY, March 11, 3:30 and 6:30pm

Lives of the Saints: Walk Softly With God

EWTN This documentary takes us along on what is sometimes called "Europe’s toughest pilgrimage," the ancient three-day regimen of fasting, going barefoot and praying, including an all-night vigil, on Station Island in Lough Erne, County Donegal, Ireland. The small island is home to St. Patrick’s Purgatory, a holy spot that penitents have visited since the days of St. Patrick and his disciple St. Davog nearly 1,600 years ago.

TUESDAY, March 12, 8am, 2pm

Modern Marvels

HISTORY Love to learn how things are made and how they work? Starting at 8am, enjoy five episodes, each an hour long: "Engines," "Superhighways," "Horsepower," "Hydraulics" and "Crashes." The shows re-air in sequence starting at 2pm. Advisory: All episodes TV-PG.

SUNDAY, March 17, 8 and 9:30pm

John Ford Irish Classics

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES At 8pm, Rising of the Moon (1957) is an anthology of three comedies about Irish life by Irish-American director John Ford (b. John Feeney, 1894-1973). At 9:30pm, The Quiet Man (1952), a blarney-filled comedy about an Irish-American man in Ireland, stars Irish-American John Wayne (b. Marion Morrison, 1907-1979) and Irish-born Maureen O’Hara (b. Maureen FitzSimons, 1920). Advisory: Each film is TV-PG.

TUESDAY, March 19, 8am

Feast of St. Joseph

EWTN At 8am is the Mass of St. Joseph with the friars in Irondale, Ala. (re-airs at noon, 6:30pm and midnight). At 10:30am, Apparition of St. Joseph in France tells about St. Joseph’s visit to shepherd Gaspard Ricard in Provence in 1660. At 1:30pm, in Feasts and Seasons, Joanna Bogle offers ideas for celebrating St. Joseph’s Day.

TUESDAY, March 19, 8pm

Time Team Special Edition

PBS Archaeologists make discoveries at the English colonial site at Jamestown, Va., and unearth finds at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace in England. A re-airing.

THURSDAY, March 21, 2pm

Lenten Parish Mission: Penance: The Forgotten Sacrament

EWTN Father of Mercy Father William Casey reminds viewers about the necessity of sacramental confession and the great graces and consolation it brings. Re-airing at 5am Saturday.

SATURDAY, March 23, 12:30pm

The Victory Garden: Easy

PBS Experts offer tips on making your garden more productive. A re-airing.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.