Weekly TV Picks

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Handel: Organ Concertos

EWTN, 1:30 p.m.

Zdzislaw Szostak conducts the Lodz Chamber Orchestra, with organ soloists Grazyna Fajkowska and Miroslav Pietkiewicz, in organ concertos by George Handel (1685-1759). This hour-long performance takes place in St. Matthew Church in Lodz, Poland. To be rebroadcast Saturday, Oct. 13, at 3 a.m.


Magic of Central Park

Travel, 9 p.m.

This 60-minute special about New York City's Central Park takes on poignancy in light of the terror assaults on the metropolis last month. The show's stops at charming areas of the skyscraper-surrounded oasis will support Mayor Rudy Giuliani's post-attack invitation: “Come to New York.”


The Quest for Noah's Flood

PBS; check local listings for time

In this “National Geographic Special,” undersea explorer Robert Ballard leads an expedition to the Black Sea. He finds evidence that a great flood struck there around 5600 B.C., and he locates human artifacts preserved in submerged ancient shores.


The Cross of Francis: The Crucifix of San Damiano

EWTN, 2 p.m.

This half-hour show tells the story of the crucifix of the Church of San Damiano in Assisi, Italy, and the history-changing day in autumn 1205 when, as St. Francis of Assisi prayed before it, Jesus spoke to him. St. Francis first thought Jesus’ words — “Francis, go, repair my Church, which, as you see, is falling into ruin” — meant that particular church building, but he came to understand that Jesus was calling him to rebuild the Church itself. The miraculous crucifix still exists, thanks to the Poor Clare Sisters, who preserved it for seven centuries. To be rebroadcast Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 a.m. and 11 p.m.


Target: America

PBS; check local listings for time

In the aftermath of last month's attacks in Washington, D.C., New York City and Pennsylvania, this installment of “Frontline” chronicles terrorist attacks against America in the past two decades and examines the responses of presidents from Carter onward.


The World Over

EWTN, 8 p.m. live

Listen in as EWTN news director Raymond Arroyo and his guests cover the week's Catholic news and provide a Catholic perspective on the latest global developments. Rebroadcast Mondays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.


Apparitions at Fatima

EWTN, 8 p.m.

This comprehensive, 90-minute special describes Our Lady of Fatima's appearances to the children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, and discusses her message of repentance and penance. “War is a punishment from God,” our merciful Mother warned the 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.