TV Picks 09.18.16

MONDAY-FRIDAY, Sept. 19-23, 6:30pm, 2:30am

Catholic Enlightenment: Gifts of Catholicism to Civilization

EWTN In this 2015 five-part series, British Fathers Marcus Holden and Andrew Pinsent disprove anti-Catholic lies by cataloging the extensive contributions of the Catholic Church and individual Catholics, both clergy and lay, to every field of human progress.


WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 8pm, 10pm

Saul Alinsky

EWTN On EWTN Live at 8pm, Richard and Stephen Payne describe their new 60-minute docudrama about the far-left Alinsky (1909-1972), who wrote the book Rules for Radicals and founded the Industrial Areas Foundation. At 10pm the show, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Disguised Socialism of Saul Alinsky, profiles this organizer, whose strategies inspired a young Hillary Rodham and Barack Obama and still influence society today, including the Church. Re-airs 6pm Saturday.


WEDNESDAYS, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, 10pm

India: Nature’s Wonderland

PBS This two-part series explores India’s cultures, vistas and rare animals.



St. Padre Pio

EWTN The Solemn Mass and Procession in Honor of St. Padre Pio (two-hour-and-55-min. airtime) will be at 9:30pm Thursday. At 6am Friday, Padre Pio’s San Giovanni: I Can Refuse No One tells of St. Pio’s life and miracles. At 2:30pm, in Padre Pio’s Way of the Cross, Capuchin Father Alessio Parente leads the Stations of the Cross at San Giovanni Rotondo, using Padre Pio’s meditations.


FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 9pm

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016

PBS Semyon Bychkov leads an open-air concert recorded in May in the gardens of the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque guest as the orchestra performs Bizet, Poulenc, Ravel, Offenbach and Johann Strauss II.


FRIDAY-SUNDAY, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, live

Pope Francis in Georgia and Azerbaijan

EWTN In Tbilisi on Friday, the Holy Father will visit Georgia’s president, meet officials, visit Patriarch Elias II of the Orthodox Church in Georgia and greet Assyrian Chaldeans. On Saturday, the Pope will celebrate Mass in Tbilisi, visit priests and religious, meet charity workers and those they serve and go to Mskheta, birthplace of Christianity in Georgia. On Sunday, the Pope will fly to Baku, Azerbaijan, to celebrate Mass and lunch with Salesians, attend a welcome ceremony, meet officials, visit the sheikh of the Muslims of the Caucasus, the Orthodox bishop of Baku and the head of the Jewish community and fly home.


SATURDAY, Oct. 1, 9:30am

The First Saturdays for Kids

EWTN On Dec. 10, 1925, the Blessed Virgin Mary told Sister Lucia she would “assist at the hour of death with the grace necessary for salvation” everyone who would make reparation to her on five consecutive First Saturdays through confession, holy Communion, the Rosary and “[keeping] me company for 15 minutes” while meditating on the Rosary. Here is the story for children.

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.