TV Picks 07.28.13

SUNDAY, July 28, live

World Youth Day 2013

EWTN At 8:30am, Pope Francis will celebrate World Youth Day’s closing Mass at a field in Rio de Janeiro’s Guaratiba neighborhood, announce the next WYD site and then lead the noon Angelus. (Re-airs at 11pm.) At 4pm, he will thank WYD’s many volunteers. At 6pm, he will say good-bye to Rio at an airport ceremony.

MONDAY, July 29, 3am, 6:30pm

Passionately Loving the World: Ordinary Americans Living the Spirituality of St. Josemaría

EWTN In this 2006 documentary, nine lay members and cooperators of Opus Dei describe their efforts to answer the universal call to sanctity in daily life as St. Josemaría Escriva urged in his epochal 1967 homily, "Passionately Loving the World."

MONDAY, July 29, 8pm

The Journey Home

EWTN Guest James Papandrea, a professor of Church history, teaches in the Chicago Catholic Scripture School and the Deacon Formation Program of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He tells host Marcus Grodi about his conversion to Catholicism from the United Methodist Church.

FRIDAY, Aug. 2, 9pm

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013

PBS In the gardens of Vienna’s Imperial Schnbrunn Palace, tenor Michael Schade and the Philharmonic salute Wagner and Verdi.

SATURDAY, Aug. 3, 9pm

Too Cute (New Season)

ANIMAL PLANET Innocent creatures of God are the stars of this series, which returns with 16 new episodes, each featuring three litters of kittens or puppies. Tonight’s season premiere introduces baby animals and their pals, such as a kangaroo and deer, a baby baboon and golden retriever, and a bear cub and German shepherd.

SUNDAY, Aug. 4, 9pm

Aerial America

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL Tonight’s episode flies viewers over spectacular scenery and landmark sites in Minnesota and tells stories of famous Minnesotans.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, Aug. 5-9, 3am, 6:30pm

The Papacy: A Living History

EWTN In this 2012 five-part series, Duluth diocesan Fathers Richard Kunst and Ryan Moravitz display papal artifacts from Father Kunst’s collection. The episodes cover Pope Benedict XVI, Blessed Pope John Paul II and others.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, Aug. 6-8, live

Knights of Columbus 131st Supreme Convention

EWTN Founded by Venerable Father Michael McGivney in 1882, the Knights of Columbus is a worldwide Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society of 1.8 million members in 14,000 councils. The convention’s opening Mass is at 10:30am Tuesday, the opening session at 2pm, and the states’ dinner at 8:30pm. The closing Mass is at 10:30am Wednesday, and the Mass for deceased members is at 9am Thursday.

SATURDAY, Aug. 10, 4pm, 4:30pm

Martha Stewart

PBS In Martha Stewart’s Cooking School at 4pm, Martha Stewart creates four pasta sauces. In Martha Bakes at 4:30pm, she makes angel food cakes and presents a recipe for espresso ice cream.

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.