Weekly TV Picks

SUNDAY, NOV. 21

Reflections on the Mass

EWTN, 4 a.m., 10:30 p.m.

“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without holy Mass,” said St. Padre Pio. In this hour-long show, Father Bill Casey of the Fathers of Mercy, Jesuit Fathers Joseph Fessio and Mitch Pacwa, Deacon Bob McDonald and Brother Bob Fishman of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, Domestic, explain the Mass. Joining them are Scott Hahn and Alex Jones. The topics are “Before the Mass,” “Liturgy of the Word” and “Liturgy of the Eucharist.” Re-airs Monday at 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY, NOV. 22

Growing Up Penguin

Animal Planet, 8 p.m.

Brand-new little penguin Bonita belongs to an endangered species, so from the moment she hatches, zookeepers give her lots of attention and affection.

TUESDAY, NOV. 23

Destroyer: Forged in Steel

Discovery Channel, 9 p.m.

This riveting (pun intended) new documentary follows the building, outfitting, manning and commissioning of the U.S. Navy's DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. These innovative ships, 506 feet long and with a 62-foot beam, incorporate special contours that help hide them from radar, a radically different hull shape, turbine engines and the AEGIS air defense system.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24

NOVA: Jerusalem

PBS, 8 p.m.

The show surveys the history and current situation of Jerusalem, a city sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims, and one for which the Holy See seeks international protective guarantees.

THURSDAY, NOV. 25

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

NBC, 9 a.m.

This beloved parade, “the longest-running show on Broadway,” began in 1924, thought up by Macy's employees. The event's trademark giant balloons of cartoon and fantasy characters debuted in 1928, and large floats made their first appearance in 1969. In recent years, musical numbers have taken a prominent place in the show.

THURSDAY, NOV. 25

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

ABC, 8 p.m.

Just wait until you see Snoopy and Woodstock's idea of a perfect Thanksgiving dinner for Charlie Brown and friends in this annual 30-minute special.

FRIDAY, NOV. 26

College Football's Ten Greatest Coaches

CBS, 1:30 p.m.

Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Pop Warner, Amos Alonzo Stagg and …? Which coaches would you place in the pantheon of college football's all-time best leaders?

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

Decorating Cents: Deck the Halls

Home & Garden TV, 8 p.m.

Your Christmas decorating won't be expensive if you follow these easy, fun and ingenious tips from the experts.

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.

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.

Representing the Holy Spirit that descended “like a dove” and hovered over Jesus when he was baptized.

Bishop Burbidge: The Pandemic is Our ‘Pentecost Moment’

This “21st century Pentecost moment” brought on by the pandemic, Bishop Michael Burbidge said, has underscored the need for good communication in the Church across all forms of media, in order to invite people into the fullness of the Gospel.