TV Picks 08.05.18

An EWTN biodrama about St. Rose of Lima is a must-see, as is a World War I chaplain biopic.

(photo: 2017 EWTN movie image )

SUNDAY, Aug. 5, noon, live

Mass of Thanksgiving With the Knights of St. Peter Claver

EWTN The Knights, a historically African-American Catholic lay group, help the sick and disabled and “render service to God and his Holy Church.” Anaheim, California, hosts this opening Mass of the Knights’ 103rd-annual National Convention and of the 88th-annual National Convention of the Knights’ Ladies Auxiliary.


TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 8pm

10 Towns That Changed America

PBS Some of the towns this program covers are St. Augustine, Florida (1565); Philadelphia (1682); and Pullman, Illinois (1879). A re-air from 2016.


TUESDAY-THURSDAY, Aug. 7-9, live

Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention

EWTN This 136th-annual convention is in Baltimore. On Tuesday the Opening Mass is at 9am, the Opening Session is at 1:15pm and the States Dinner is at 6:30pm. At 8am Wednesday is the Votive Mass for Persecuted Christians. (Re-airs midnight.) At 8am Thursday is the Mass in Memory of All Deceased Knights of Columbus. (Re-airs at midnight.)



Gary Cooper Films

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Actor Gary Cooper (1901-1961) converted to Catholicism in 1959. Tonight’s Cooper films include The Pride of the Yankees (1942) at 8pm; Sergeant York (1941) at 10:30pm; and Friendly Persuasion (1956) at 3:30am.


SUNDAY, Aug. 12, 1:30pm

Power in My Hands

EWTN Families tell how much the Rosary has meant in their lives.


SUNDAY, Aug. 12, 10pm
Bravery Under Fire
EWTN Original EWTN docudrama presents the life and ministry of Jesuit Father Willie Doyle, an Irish priest serving as a chaplain in the British Army who was killed in action during World War I. Re-airs Thursday at 3:30pm and Saturday at 9am.


Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

EWTN At 8am, live, in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Alabama, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate the Mass of the Assumption. Re-airs 6:30pm. At noon, live, is the Solemn Mass of the Assumption, from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Cathedrals Across America, at 11:30pm, will air the Solemn High Mass of the Assumption in the Extraordinary Form that Father Robert Pasley celebrated earlier in the evening in the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.


WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 5:30pm

Secret Treasures of the Vatican

EWTN In this EWTN original special, James-Charles Noonan Jr., a Church historian, explores rarely seen works and artifacts.


FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 10pm

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018

PBS Recorded May 31 in the Baroque gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, this free open-air concert featured guest conductor Valery Gergiev, with soloist soprano Anna Netrebko singing arias by Italian operatic masters Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Cilea and Leoncavallo.


SATURDAY, Aug. 18, 8pm

St. Rose of Lima

EWTN In this EWTN original movie from 2017, Peruvian actress Milagros López Arias portrays St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617), who, in 1671, became the first canonized saint born in the Americas. Ruben Enzian wrote and directed this film. Re-airs 1:30am Monday.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

This is an updated version of the Aug. 5 print-issue listing.