National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

TV Picks 02.14.2010

BY Daniel J. Engler

February 14-27, 2010 Issue | Posted 2/8/10 at 3:00 AM


SUNDAY, Feb. 14, 6pm, 7pm

A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL “Saturn” at 6pm (re-airs 9pm) includes looks at moons Enceladus and Titan. “Jupiter” at 7pm (re-airs 10pm) surveys a planet so big it could contain all of our solar system’s planets and moons and have room for more.

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 11:30am

Catholic Saints & Lay People

CATHOLICTV The first segment this week, “Apostle of Peace,” tells of heroic Sister Karen Klimczak, a Sister of St. Joseph who founded Bissonette House in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1985 to house and minister to parolees — one of whom, a crack addict, murdered her on Good Friday 2006. In 1991, she had written an open letter of forgiveness to anyone who might murder her. The second segment, “Sharing Stories: Polish Life in Our Valley,” chronicles the Catholic faith and heritage of Polish Americans in the Connecticut River Valley. Re-airs 5am Wednesday, 8am Friday and 10:30pm Sunday.

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 9pm

How the Earth Was Made: America’s Ice Age

HISTORY This episode uses aerial and location photography and interviews with experts to chart the Earth’s ice ages and explain their causes.

DAILY, Feb. 18 - March 4, 6am

Letters of St. Therese

EWTN In daily 30-minute episodes, Benedictine Father Jacques Daley introduces the life of St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) and discusses the lessons she teaches us: abandonment to Christ; the purpose of purification; how to obtain peace and love the cross; the meaning of humility; littleness as a path to God; how to please Jesus, acquire wisdom, see with the eyes of faith, and turn daily activity into an act of love. He also discusses her correspondence with a young priest, the importance of love and her influence on her contemporaries.

SATURDAY, Feb. 20, 12:30pm

The Victory Garden: Edible Gardens

PBS This program shows how to plant and care for gardens, harvest the crop and prepare tasty meals from the produce.

SUNDAY, Feb. 21, 10:30pm

Remembered Earth: New Mexico’s High Desert

PBS Pulitzer-winning novelist, poet and scholar N. Scott Momaday (b. 1934), who is of Kiowa and Cherokee descent, describes the beautiful landscape in and around El Malpais National Monument near Grants, N.M., and what it means to him. A re-airing.

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 3am, 6:30pm

Road to Rome: Training Priests for the Third


EWTN This special interviews seminarians, as well as priest alumni, of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, known as Santa Croce, which Opus Dei founded in Rome in 1984.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.