TV Picks 04.24.11

SUNDAY, April 24

Easter Sunday

EWTN, CATHOLICTV “He has been raised, as he said” (Matthew 28:6). At 4am, live, EWTN will broadcast Pope Benedict XVI’s solemn Mass of Easter Sunday (re-airing at 7pm); and at 6am, live, the Holy Father’s “Urbi et Orbi” (To the city of Rome and to the world) message and blessing (re-airing at 5pm). CATHOLICTV will air the Pope’s Mass at noon and 8pm.

SUNDAY, April 24, daytime

Films for Easter Sunday

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES The Silver Chalice (1954), 6:30am; Easter Parade (1948), 9am; Barabbas (1962), 11am; King of Kings (1961), 1:30pm; and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), 4:30pm.

SUNDAY, April 24, 10pm

Inspector America

HISTORY In this new series, construction-safety inspector Timothy Galarnyk checks sites around the country to spot risk factors and suggest solutions to keep Americans safe. Tonight he visits Los Angeles.

SATURDAY, April 30, 10am

Fix This Yard

A&E In this new series, Alan Luxmore and Amy Devers redo the yards and exteriors of run-down houses and give the owners tips on caring for their property affordably.

SUNDAY, May 1, 2:30am, live

Divine Mercy Sunday Beatification of Pope John Paul II

EWTN Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass and beatify Pope John Paul II, a champion of today’s feast day, about which Jesus told St. Faustina, “The soul that will go to confession and receive holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

MONDAY, May 2, 9pm

Franciscan University Presents

EWTN Father Michael Scanlan, Regis Martin and Scott Hahn welcome Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, which defends life, the family and parents’ rights at the U.N. and elsewhere, and fights population control, abortion, contraception, sterilization and the homosexual agenda.

THURSDAY, May 5, 9pm


PBS This new documentary about thoroughbred horse racing captures the animals’ beauty, strength and speed and follows owners, trainers, jockeys and grooms as they spend an entire year preparing for the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, May 7, 5pm, live

Kentucky Derby

NBC “Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people,” said the comedian W.C. Fields (1880-1946). Magnificent thoroughbreds will be on display at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in the 137th running of this mile-and-a-quarter race, the first leg of racing’s storied Triple Crown.

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.