Weekly TV Picks


School Lunch Sunday

Food Network, 7:30 p.m.

Just in time for “back to school,” this slate of shows serves up lunch facts and ideas. At 7:30 p.m., Unwrapped: School Lunch; at 8, Emeril Kicks Up Your School Cafeteria, II; at 9 p.m., Unwrapped: Lunchbox Treats; at 9:30, Food Finds; at 10 p.m., The Secret Life of Sandwiches; and at 10:30, Top 5: Lunchbox Faves.

MON.-FRI., AUG. 23-27

St. Augustine Week

EWTN, various

Eighteen years of prayers and tears by St. Monica (ca. 332-387, feast day Aug. 27) led to the conversion of her son, St. Augustine (354-430, feast day Aug. 28). At 4:30 a.m./6 p.m. Mon., see St. Augustine, with Thomas Dillon and Father C. John McCloskey. At 9 p.m. Mon., Super Saints: Augustine and Monica. At 4:30 a.m./6 p.m. Tue., Ss. Ambrose and Augustine, with Father Charles Connor. At 4:30 a.m./6 p.m. Wed.-Fri., Augustine, with Franciscan Father Benedict Groeschel.


North Korea

History Channel, 8 p.m.

At 8 p.m., the special Inside North Korea depicts horrors that atheistic communists commit against the people. At 9:30 p.m., in the 2003 BBC documentary The Real Dr. Evil, ex-associates expose the crimes of dictator Kim Jong-Il.



Discovery Channel, 7 p.m.

Examines advanced research and design at a Lockheed Aircraft facility in Southern California.



EWTN, 8 p.m.

Tonight's guest is Father Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, whose latest projects include a Christian voter registration drive and a pre-election nine-week novena for our Nation. He notes at www.priestsforlife. org that both are permissible activities for parishes and other tax-exempt groups.


Great Performances

PBS, 10 p.m.

In this 90-minute “All-Star Piano Extravaganza: The Verbier Festival & Academy Concert,” a Swiss music festival celebrates its 10th anniversary by staging classical favorites for four to 16 hands on one to eight pianos. Look for pieces by Bach, Gottschalk, Mozart, RimskyKorsakov, Smetana, Sousa and Wagner.


The World Over

EWTN, 8 p.m.

This week's program features excerpts from host Raymond Arroyo's previous interviews about The Passion of the Christ with actor James Caviezel and director Mel Gibson. The film's DVD debut is Aug. 31.


Little League World Series: U.S. Championship

ABC, 7:30 p.m.

This game will determine the best Little League baseball team in the United States. The victor will go on to play for the world championship the next day.

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.