TV Picks 03.06.16

Spring, Various

EWTN New Shows, Spring 2016

EWTN In Father Spitzer’s Universe, Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer will answer queries about God, creation and more. Oblate Father Timothy Gallagher will host Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Catholic Decision Making. The docu-drama A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing exposes the late hard-left strategist Saul Alinsky. The docu-drama St. Catherine of Siena bios the 14th-century saint. The EWTN original miniseries The Inquisition punctures anti-Catholic lies. The 2014 film Marie’s Story tells of deaf and blind Marie Heurtin (1885-1921) and Sister Marguerite, who enabled her to communicate. The miniseries Kateri: All for Christ explores 17th-century St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s faith. In Real Life Catholic, host Chris Stefanick immerses himself in Catholics’ everyday lives. Other shows: The Vanier Way; Discovering Damien: Saint of Molokai; and Gregorian Chant: The Music of the Angels. Check and for dates and times.

SATURDAYS, March 12, March 19

Dogs 101: New Tricks

ANIMAL PLANET At 8pm March 12, working dogs perform. At 8:30pm, puppies frolic. At 8pm March 19, breeds with bad reputations receive support. Advisory: TV-PG.

MONDAY, March 14, 6:30pm

Welcome to Krakow: Home of World Youth Day 2016!

EWTN Host Grzegorz Misiwicz tours holy and historic sites in picturesque Krakow. Re-airs 2:30am Tuesday.

MONDAY, March 14, 8pm

Major League Legends: Lou Gehrig

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL This new documentary about baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig (1903-1941), star slugger of the New York Yankees, 1923-1939, pictures the immense talent and devotion to duty that enabled him to play in a then-record 2,130 straight games and bat a .340 lifetime record. The show also conveys the courage and grace with which he faced a fatal diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

TUESDAY, March 15, 10pm

The Willis Family

TLC This series captures the family life and musical performances of entertainers Brenda and Toby Willis and their 12 children. Homeschooling, Irish step dancing and recording studio work are all part of the mix. Advisory: Some family-crisis situations.

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 8pm

The Private Life of Deer

PBS In this documentary, homeowners in Cayuga Heights, N.Y., filmed the white-tailed deer that treat their suburb as a perfect habitat. A re-airing from 2013.

THURSDAY, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Shows

EWTN At 4:30pm, Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle, from CCC’s “Saints and Heroes” animation series, portrays St. Patrick’s growth in holiness as a slave in Ireland, his escape and his return years later to bring the light of Christ to the Irish people. At 5pm, in Patrick’s Peak: An Irish Pilgrimage, Bob Dolan retraces St. Patrick’s pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, where he fasted and prayed for 40 days.

SATURDAY, March 19, 8am, live, 11am

Solemn Mass of St. Joseph, Husband of the Virgin Mary, With the MFVA Friars

EWTN The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate Mass in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Ala., in honor of Jesus’ foster father.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.