Weekly TV Picks
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
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.
- Dec. 19, 2004-Jan. 1, 2005