All Times Eastern

SUNDAYS, 7 p.m.

Be Not Afraid Family Hour

FAMILYLAND TV Tonight’s program is the first of nine weekly 60-minute episodes about the Blessed Virgin Mary under her holy and beautiful titles, Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Immaculate Conception. Hail, Mary, full of grace!

MONDAY, 8 p.m.

The Journey Home

EWTN In view of the recent spate of pro-atheism books, this show is particularly timely as host Marcus Grodi interviews a roundtable of Catholic converts who once did not believe in God at all.

TUESDAY, 6 p.m.

30 Minute Meals: Just Like Mama Used to Make

FOOD TV Even TV cooking stars know Ma’s meals are always the best. Popular Rachael Ray uses her Mom’s favorite recipes to make spaghetti, roasted sausage with peppers and onions in wine and “cheesy bread” with black pepper.


Lost Worlds: Taj Mahal

DISCOVERY CHANNEL India’s fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (1592-1666), used 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants to construct the Taj Mahal and surrounding buildings in the city of Agra as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after she died in 1631. In this program, “historical detectives” investigate the architecture, engineering and extent of the original Taj Mahal complex. Advisory: TV-PG.

FRIDAY, 11:30 a.m.

Novena to the Immaculate Conception

FAMILYLAND TV Starting today, join in this daily novena leading up to the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8. (The show will not air on Dec. 3.)

FRIDAY, 7 p.m.

Modern Marvels: Camouflage

HISTORY CHANNEL This look at the history and current status of camouflage tells us that this military art took off in World War I as a way to hide ground forces from aircraft. We see today’s U.S. Marines use camouflage in an ambush exercise. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, 12:30 p.m.

The Victory Garden: Provence

PBS First aired 10 years ago, this show sent Adrian Bloom to southern France to visit La Casella, the estate of Claus Scheinert, and its Italian cypresses, terraced landscapes and “plantings used as architecture.”

SATURDAY, 8 p.m.

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration

PBS Many PBS stations (check your local listings) kick off their December pledge drive with this special from Dublin by the Irish singing group Celtic Woman. Members Orla, Mairead, Meav, Lisa and Chloe perform the hymns “O Holy Night” and “Little Drummer Boy,” standards such as “White Christmas” and new pieces such as “Christmas Pipes.”

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.