TV Picks 05.01.16

SUNDAY, May 1, 1:30pm

In Concert: Rossini — Messe Solennelle

EWTN In this 2008 performance, Riccardo Chailly conducts Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra and Opera Choir in Gioacchino Rossini’s 1867 Petite Messe Solennelle.

SUNDAY, May 1, 2pm; MONDAYS, 5pm

Catholicism on Campus

EWTN Msgr. Stuart Swetland, the president of Donnelly College, and his guests show how a Catholic liberal arts education helps prepare students to find their calling and live it. Re-airs 2am Sundays.

MONDAY, May 2, 6pm

The Fighting Sullivans

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Reflecting the sacrifices that Catholics in our military have made for this country, this World War II classic tells the true story of the five Sullivan brothers, who lost their lives off the Solomon Islands in late 1942, when a Japanese submarine sank their light cruiser.


TUESDAY, May 3, 2pm, live

Mass of Ordination and Installation of Msgr. James Checchio

EWTN The former rector of the North American College in Rome assumes his new role as the fifth bishop of Metuchen, N.J. Encores Wednesday at midnight.

SATURDAY, May 7, 5pm

Kentucky Derby

NBC Post time will be around 6:34pm for the 142nd running of this 1 1/4-mile race for three-year-old thoroughbreds at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.


Mother’s Day

EWTN At 5:30am, Mother’s Day With Bishop Sheen features Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) as he praises the Blessed Mother and exalts women’s roles. He wrote in his Way to Happiness (1953), “… every human motherhood involves a partnership with the Divine.” At 6:30am, in Joy of Music, classical organist Diane Bish salutes her mother and every mother around the world.


TUESDAY, May 10, 10pm

Discovering Damien: Saint of Molokai

EWTN Father Nathan Cromly and young Catholic pilgrims travel to Hawaii to learn about St. Damien’s heroic ministry to lepers on the island of Molokai for the feast day of St. Damien, May 10. Encores Saturday at 11pm.

THURSDAY, May 12, 11:30am, live

National March for Life, Canada

EWTN The theme for this year’s 19th annual protest rally and march, organized by the Campaign Life Coalition, is “#endthekilling.” Abortions on demand are legal in Canada for babies through all nine months of their gestation. Organizers calculate that 25,000 pro-lifers attended the 2015 event, at Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and that 80% of them were under age 25. Re-airs 1pm Saturday.


Our Lady of Fatima

EWTN This year is the 99th anniversary of Our Lady’s visits to Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, when she gave her message of prayer, penance and peace to the shepherd children Lucia Dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. At 6:30pm Thursday, from Fatima, is Our Lady of Fatima: International Rosary and Candlelight Procession. Live at 5am Friday is Holy Mass and the Blessing of the Sick (re-airs at noon). At 10pm Friday, the 2009 drama The 13th Day tells the Fatima story (TV-PG).

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.