Weekly TV Picks

DECEMBER, VARIOUS

Christmas from the Cathedral of St. Matthew

NBC stations; check local listings

On Sunday, Dec. 19, NBC affiliates will receive this special from the U.S. bishops‘ Catholic Communication Campaign. Contact your local NBC station for airdates and times — and if they haven't scheduled it, ask them to. The show features Latin American music, a claymation Nativity story and, from San Antonio, Texas, a traditional Mexican re-enactment of the Holy Family's search for shelter in Bethlehem.

SUNDAY, DEC. 19

Catholic U. of America's Christmas Concert 2004

EWTN, 1:30 p.m.

In Washington, D.C., Catholic University of America's magnificent choir sings Christmas carols in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

Emeril's Happy, Happy Holidays

Food Network, 8 p.m.

For Christmas, chef Emeril Lagasse's goose is cooked — along with his potatoes, veggies, salad and “mile-high parfait pie.”

FRIDAY, DEC. 24

A Christmas Concert with Donna Lee

Familyland TV, 6:30 p.m.

Singer Donna Lee performs traditional carols and original compositions. Re-airs Monday, Dec. 27, at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 25

Midnight Mass from St. Peter's

EWTN, 6 p.m., live and NBC, 11:35 p.m.

Join Pope John Paul II as he celebrates the Nativity in St. Peter's. Re-airs Christmas Day at 8 a.m.

TUESDAY, DEC. 28

Lost Soul of the 20th Century

EWTN, 11 p.m.

The feast of the Holy Innocents is an appropriate day to view this pro-life show. Made by Amos Productions for the Irish pro-life group Family & Life, it features insights from Irish pro-life leaders and man-on-the-street interviews with Dubliners.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29

Live from Lincoln Center

PBS, 8 p.m.

This 90-minute show features the renowned Irish flutist James Galway as he performs in the Kaplan Penthouse at the Lincoln Center.

FRIDAY, DEC. 31

Die Fledermaus

PBS, 8 p.m.

In this 2-1/2-hour telecast, the Washington National Opera Orchestra performs Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss (1825-1899). Heinz Fricke conducts, Lofti Mansour provides stage direction, and Placido Domingo makes a cameo appearance.

SATURDAY, JAN. 1

Solemn Mass of Reparation from EWTN

EWTN, midnight, 8 a.m., 7 p.m.

Join the EWTN family and ring in the New Year with prayerful reparation for our sins and those of the whole world.

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.