WEEKLY FEATURED PROGRAM
All Saints Day Marathon Includes New Patron for Married Couples
Also This Week, The Dogma of Purgatory Explained
By Michelle Laque Johnson
We are so blessed as Catholics to know that we have friends in heaven, including our loved ones, to whom we can converse and pray! This is especially comforting to those of us who have lost someone dear to us. Many other Christians do not believe this – and that makes the grief they feel after losing a loved one even more terrible. That's also why we, as Catholics, should shout our belief in the Communion of Saints from the rooftops – and why we should take great joy in celebrating our friends in heaven on Nov. 1, All Saints Day, and our friends in purgatory on Nov. 2, All Souls Day.
EWTN's All Saints Day Marathon offers viewers a fabulous way to do just that. Below is our lineup, which includes a brand new saint-to-be for married couples: Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora. Bob and Penny Lord do a wonderful job of sharing her life with you. Don't miss "Super Saints" at 1:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Nov. 1.
Here's the rest of our inspiring lineup: (Unless otherwise noted, all programs air on Thursday, Nov. 1.)
SAINT GIANNA BERETTA MOLLA: A MODERN DAY HERO OF DIVINE LOVE: Covers her parents' background, her childhood in Italy in the 1930's, and later her role as a physician, wife and mother. Airs 1:30 a.m. ET.
SAINT MARIANA OF JESUS: Priests and religious offer their insights on the life of this Ecuadorean mystic, who was blessed with many spiritual gifts and graces. Airs 2 a.m. ET.
THE CROWN OF THE AVENTINE: Father Allan White, OP gives an in-depth tour of the Basilica of Santa Sabina, the Dominican Mother House in Rome, and speaks of its connection with the order's founder, St. Dominic, as well as its place in the spiritual lives of saints past and present. Airs 3 a.m. ET.
ST. BERNADETTE OF LOURDES: A cast of more than 160 Catholic children tell the story of this poor, humble, 14-year-old girl from a village in the south of France, whose visions in 1858 of a "Beautiful Lady" would forever change the lives of countless people. Airs 3:30 a.m. ET.
NARCISA DE JESUS: Explores the life and spirituality of this laywoman, who lived a life of intense prayer, austerity, and mortification. Airs 6:30 a.m. ET.
ALL SAINTS MASS FROM EWTN: The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate the Mass of All Saints, from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Ala. Airs live at 8 a.m. ET, with an encore at 6:30 p.m. ET.
LA NOTTE DEL PROFETA: (The Night of the Prophet): The life story of Padre Pio de Pietrelcina, the priest who received the stigmata early in his priesthood and bore the wounds for 50 years. A reporter travels to San Giovani Rotondo and interviews those who were closest to him. Airs 10 a.m. ET.
SOLEMN MASS OF ALL SAINTS: From the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Airs 12 p.m. ET (noon), with an encore at midnight ET.
ST. EDMUND CAMPION: Learn of the life, mission and death of this English Jesuit and martyr. Follow the journey of a man with a mission to minister to the persecuted Catholics of Elizabethan England. Airs 2 p.m. ET.
ALL SAINTS CELEBRATION WITH FR. FOX & FRIENDS: Father Robert Fox celebrates the Feast of All Saints Day, by discussing the lives of various saints with children dressed up as their favorite saint. Airs 5 p.m. ET.
AN UNCOMMON KINDNESS: THE FATHER DAMIEN STORY: The life and mission of the famous "leper priest." on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. This saint, known as a "martyr of charity,” would later die of this same disease. Airs 5:30 p.m. ET.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA: A history of Our Lady's appearances to three poor shepherd children in Fatima, and the messages of prayer and penance for the salvation of souls which the six apparitions stressed. Filmed on location in Portugal. Airs 11 p.m. ET.
GIVING GOD THE LOVE WE SHOULD: Why the Church believes Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary is one of the most important ways to fulfill your life’s purpose, which is to become a saint! Airs 3 a.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 2.
ALL SOULS MASS FROM EWTN: The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate The Mass of All Souls from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Ala. Airs live at 8 a.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 2, with encores at noon ET, 6:30 p.m. ET, and midnight ET.
PURGATORY: THE DOGMA EXPLORED (Mary and Purgatory): Our Lady's role is to help encourage Christ's work as an associate of Christ. As our Mother, she is a constant link between the Communion of Saints, the Triumphant in Heaven, the Church Militant on earth and the Suffering Church in Purgatory. Airs 1:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 2.
BAKHITA: Born into poverty, sold into slavery, abused, isolated, treated as property. This was the life of Josephine Bakhita. But hers is also a story of hope, which shows how the power of love and God's grace prevail. Witness the life of a slave who would become a Catholic, a nun and a saint of the Church. Part 1 airs 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Part 2 airs 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 10 and 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 14.
God bless Family!