DAILY, 3 p.m.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Channel of Peace

FAMILYLAND TV Tune in every day at the hour of great mercy to say the prayer that Jesus gave St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in 1935. Jesus told her, “Say unceasingly this chaplet. … Anyone who says it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this chaplet even once, will receive grace from my infinite mercy. … I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in my mercy.”

SUNDAY, 8 p.m.

Nature: Parrots in The Land of Oz

PBS This new episode shows us the many kinds of parrots that thrive in Australia’s woodlands, rain forests and even deserts, from tiny fig parrots, budgies and palm cockatoos up to eclectus and golden-shouldered parrots. TV-G.

MONDAY, 3 p.m.

Naked Science: Stone Age Apocalypse

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL Scientists attempt to calculate the effects on the human population worldwide of a volcanic eruption from Lake Toba in Sumatra in 73,000 B.C. that blew out probably more than 200 cubic miles of ash and debris. TV-G.

MONDAY, 8 p.m.

The Journey Home

EWTN Host Marcus Grodi’s guest, former Southern Baptist minister Raymond Ramirez, explains how he became Catholic.

WED.-THU., 10 p.m. nightly

Don Bosco

EWTN This two-part special tells the story of St. John Bosco (1815-1888), founder of the Salesian Society. He was born in Becchi, Piedmont, Italy, and ordained in 1841. Serving in Turin, he opened a school and home for poor boys despite actually being thought insane for helping them. By 1888, some 250 Salesian houses were educating 130,000 children and graduating 18,000 of them a year as trained apprentices.

FRIDAY, 6 p.m.

Investigating History: The JFK Assassination

HISTORY CHANNEL Uncertainty still exists about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by the Marxist Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. In this program, scientists and researchers evaluate various speculations about the crime by examining acoustic evidence, autopsy x-rays and “new” information. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, 8:30 p.m.

Deserving Design: Help for a War Hero

HOME & GARDEN TV Army Maj. Julian Bond was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone during his tour in Iraq. Back home, his wife Charmaine raised their four children by herself. Now, the Deserving Design team turns their garage into a play area for the children and gives the family a special surprise.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.