TV Picks 06.14.2009

DAILY, 7 a.m.

Chaplet of St. Michael

EWTN “By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection,” reads a petition in the Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel. Blessed Pope Pius IX approved the chaplet in 1851, a century after St. Michael appeared to Portuguese Carmelite Sister Antonia d’Astonac and requested the prayer.


In the Presence of the Lord

EWTN In Part I of this five-part series, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Father Benedict Groeschel cites sacred Scripture as he teaches about the holy Eucharist. In Part II, on Friday at 9:30 a.m., Father Groeschel quotes the Fathers of the Church as he discusses the Real Presence.

MONDAY, 5:30 p.m.

Gwen, Mother for Others

FAMILYLAND TV The Servant of God Gwen Coniker (1939-2002) and her husband, Jerry, co-founded the Apostolate of Family Consecration in Bloomingdale, Ohio, in 1975, and then Familyland TV, to help Catholic families become holy and strong. Gwen became the mom of 13 children (one now with the Lord) and 56 grandchildren. “She always referred to herself as ‘the babysitter for God,’” says daughter Theresa. “We were entrusted to her by God, and she handled us as such.”

MONDAY, 9:30 p.m.

On the Waterfront

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Jesuit Father John Corridan (1911-1984), who fought successfully in the 1940s and 1950s on behalf of New York and New Jersey longshoremen for reform of their crooked waterfront union, was the inspiration for Karl Malden’s Father Barry character in this 1954 crime drama. A-II (adults, adolescents).


Mothering, Full of Grace

CATHOLICTV In this series from Salt + Light Television in Toronto about the challenges and blessings of matrimony and motherhood, Catholic mom Rhea Johner and friends interview moms, dads and professionals and discuss God’s graces and the Blessed Mother’s example.

FRIDAY, 8 p.m.

Modern Marvels: Retro Tech

HISTORY Experts compare examples of recent “old” and new technology, such as newspapers’ print and online editions, 1968 and 2008 Ford Mustangs, and then-and-now handheld devices. Advisory: TV-PG.


Where’s Amelia Earhart?

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL Pioneer pilot Amelia Earhart (b. 1897) and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared on July 2, 1937, as they flew from Lae, New Guinea, toward tiny Howland Island in the central Pacific on an attempted flight around the world. In this special, authorities assess the theories that they could have been U.S. spies and that they did not perish. Advisory: TV-PG.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

‘One of our Eucharistic ministers was running out of Hosts and, suddenly, there were more Hosts in the ciborium. God just duplicated himself in the ciborium,” an emotional Father Joseph Crowley told the faithful.

Priest Reports Possible Eucharistic Miracle at Connecticut Church

A local television station is reporting that the Archdiocese of Hartford is investigating a possible Eucharistic miracle that may have taken place during the celebration of Mass at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Thomaston, where Blessed Father Michael McGivney once served as pastor.