TV Picks 09.02.18

Chaplain docudrama and 9/11 specials are some must-sees.

Father Vincent Capodanno
Father Vincent Capodanno (photo: Public domain)

SUNDAY, Sept. 2, 9pm

Life on the Rock

EWTN Mary Healy, who teaches sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, is a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and a leader in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Here, she speaks with the Franciscan Friars of the Eternal Word during the 2018 Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ “Seek” conference. Re-airs midnight Thursday and 7pm Friday.


WEEKDAYS, afternoon

Wholesome Family Dramas

INSP At 3pm and 4pm are re-airs of The Waltons, which ran 1972-1981 on CBS and portrayed a large family in rural Virginia during the Depression and World War II. At 5pm and 6pm are re-airs of Little House on the Prairie, which ran 1974-1983 on NBC and depicted a homesteading family in frontier Minnesota in the late 1870s.


MONDAY-FRIDAY, Sept. 3-7, 5:30pm, 2:30am

Challenge and Change: Encounters With Mother Teresa

EWTN St. Teresa of Calcutta spoke much with the founders of the Apostolate for Family Consecration, the late Jerry Coniker and his wife, Servant of God Gwen Coniker.


TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 3:30pm

Called and Chosen: Father Vincent R. Capodanno

EWTN This EWTN 2017 original docudrama portrays Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno (1929-1967), a Navy chaplain and Maryknoll priest who died ministering to U.S. Marines during battle in South Vietnam Sept. 4, 1967. Father Capodanno received a posthumous Medal of Honor.


THURSDAYS, Sept. 6, Sept. 13, 1pm

The Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life

EWTN Father of Mercy Wade Menezes discusses the meaning of marriage (Sept. 6) and why dads need a sacramental relationship with Jesus (Sept. 13).


SUNDAY, Sept. 9, 12am

Trinity Dome: The Crowning Jewel of Mary’s Shrine

EWTN This show spotlights the new Trinity Dome Mosaic at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Re-airs 3am Tuesday, 4pm Wednesday and 8pm Friday.


SUNDAY, Sept. 9, 1:30am, 6pm

The Bible and the Sacraments

EWTN In this episode, “The Ritual of Family,” host Matthew Leonard discusses the sacraments and Scripture in relation to family life. Advisory: TV-PG.



9/11: In Remembrance

HISTORY At 9pm and 1:03am Monday, Days That Shaped America provides recollections from 9/11 survivors. At 9pm and 1:03am Tuesday, The 9/11 Floors (working title) interviews survivors from one floor of each of the Twin Towers, including heroes who helped an expectant mom and carried an injured man down 65 floors.


SATURDAY, Sept. 15, noon

The Prince and the Pauper

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES In this 1937 story based on Mark Twain’s 1881 novel, Prince Edward of England (later Edward VI) and lookalike poor boy Tom Canty switch clothes and get mistaken for each other. Soldier Miles Hendon (Errol Flynn) arranges a happy ending.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.