TV Picks 12.27.15

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 8pm

Bible Bowl

TLC The Catholic Church, “the pillar and foundation of truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), is the mother of the Bible, which all Christians revere. This two-hour special tracks seven teams of grade-school and high-school students as they prepare for and take part in an annual quick-recall competition of familiarity with verses in selected books of the Bible. The winners receive scholarships.

FRIDAY, Jan. 1, midnight

Solemn Mass of Reparation From EWTN

EWTN As the clock rings in 2016, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate Mass in atonement for our sins and those of all the world, as well as for the conversion of sinners. Re-airs at 8am, 6:30pm and midnight.

FRIDAY, Jan. 1, 4am, live

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

EWTN In St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and for the 49th World Day of Peace, the theme of which is “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace.” Blessed Paul VI said the solemnity “is meant to commemorate the part played by Mary in this mystery of salvation” and to “exalt the singular dignity which this mystery brings to the ‘holy Mother … through whom we were found worthy … to receive the Author of life.’”

Friday, Jan. 1, 8am

2016 Rose Parade

ABC, HALLMARK CHANNEL, HGTV, NBC, RFD-TV, UNIVISION “Find Your Adventure” is the theme of the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade. The event this year will feature 42 floral floats, 20 marching bands and 19 equestrian units in procession along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif.

FRIDAY, Jan. 1, 2:30pm, 7:30pm

Great Performances: From Vienna: New Year’s Celebration 2016

PBS Julie Andrews returns to tour the city and host this annual concert in the beautiful Musikverein. The Vienna Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons will play favorite Strauss Family waltzes, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the Vienna City Ballet will perform.

FRIDAY, Jan. 1, 8pm, live

Life on the Rock

EWTN Hosts Father Mark Mary and Doug Barry recall their favorite moments from 2015’s shows and anticipate an inspiring, informative and lively 2016 lineup. Re-airs at 11pm Sunday and 9am Tuesday.

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 7:15am

Sister Kenny

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Catholic actress Rosalind Russell (1907-1976) starred in this 1946 biopic as “Sister Kenny” (Elizabeth Kenny, 1880-1952), an Australian nurse who overcame opposition to her self-devised, successful treatment for polio; she prescribed exercising weakened muscles instead of restraining them.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, live

The Epiphany of the Lord

EWTN At 3am, Mass will be celebrated in Bethlehem. (Re-airs at 11:30pm.) At noon, Pope Francis will say Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 8pm


EWTN Archbishop José Serofia Palma of Cebu, Philippines, tells Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa about the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, which will take place in Cebu Jan. 24-31. Re-airs at 1:30am and 9am Thursday.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.