TV Picks 10.19.14

SUNDAY, Oct. 19, 1:30pm
In Concert: Catholic Choral Masterpieces
At the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, Canada, the Theatre of Early Music performs Pergolesi, Albinoni and Handel.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, all day
Lassie Classics
Eric Knight’s 1940 beloved novel sparked a series of MGM movies about Lassie, a brave collie, and those who loved her. 6am: Lassie Come Home (1943); 7:45am: Son of Lassie (1945); 9:30am: Courage of Lassie (1946); 11:15am: Hills of Home (1948); 1pm: Challenge to Lassie (1949); and 2:30pm: The Sun Comes Up (1949).

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 3am, 6:30pm
Iraq: Land of Saints and Martyrs
This documentary portrays the witness of Iraq’s Christians under Islamic persecution and conveys their pleas for help. Advisory: TV-14.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 9pm
Nova: Ben Franklin’s Balloons
In this special, a descendant of the Montgolfier brothers — inventors of the hot-air balloon — joins a crew that uses 18th-century tools and materials to build a replica of the balloons that so excited Benjamin Franklin in Paris in the 1780s. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, Oct. 25, 5am, live
Meeting of Pope Francis With Ecclesial Movements
The Holy Father will meet and address pilgrims from volunteer groups and associations taking part in the New Evangelization. Re-airs at noon.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 3am, 6:30pm
Armenia: A Faith to Move Mountains
Armenia’s Catholics pray and work to strengthen the faith and restore society in the aftermath of atheistic-communist totalitarian misrule. Advisory: TV-14.

THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 7am
Modern Marvels: Extreme Aircraft II
This 2008 program features the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the B-1B Lancer, micro-air vehicles (MAVs), vertical takeoff and landing-capable personal aerial vehicles (PAVs) and a commercial jetliner converted for use in fighting fires. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, Nov. 1, 8am, live
All Saints’ Day Mass
In Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Ala., the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints. Re-airs at 6:30pm.

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.