Weekly TV Picks

All times Eastern

SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Movies for Easter Sunday

Turner Classic Movies, all day

Once upon a time, Hollywood made many Christian and family-friendly movies; here are some. At 11:30 a.m., see King of Kings (1961), with Jeffrey Hunter. At 2:30 p.m., The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), with Max von Sydow. At 8 p.m., Easter Parade (1948), with Judy Garland. At midnight, The King of Kings (1927), a silent film.

SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Easter with the Pope

EWTN, 4:30 a.m.

You'll need to set your alarm clock early if you want to catch Easter Sunday Mass with Pope John Paul II live from St. Peter's Square, followed by his Urbi et Orbi Easter message and blessing at 6 a.m. Or you can watch encore (taped) versions of both beginning at 7 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 12

IRS Horror Stories

A & E, 9 p.m.

Internal Revenue Ser vice employees charge that the federal income tax agency's relentless tax-money-hungry management destroys businesses, ruins citizens' lives and refuses to reform. Re-airs Saturday at 6 p.m.

TUESDAY, APRIL 13

Civil War Journal

History Channel, 7 a.m.

This episode, “Shadows of Lightning: Jeb Stuart & the Cavalry,” recounts the Civil War exploits of the Confederate unit called “the last cavaliers, the Virginia cavalry.”

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14

Small Ball: A Little League Story

PBS, 8 p.m.

This 90-minute documentary follows the 2002 Aptos All-Stars, a baseball team of 11-and 12-year-olds from northern California, for six weeks as they beat the odds and advance to the Little League World Series championships in Williamsport, Pa. Some 2.7 million kids now play in Little League in 104 countries.

THURSDAY, APRIL 15

The Tool Bench: Hand Tools

History Channel,

1 p.m., 7 p.m.

This episode demonstrates new high-tech tools and chronicles mankind's long history of seeking “the ability to extend the hand and strengthen the arm” with tools.

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

Classroom: The Return of LST-325

History Channel, 6 a.m.

This is a true “sentimental jour -ney” saga of 31 U.S. Navy veterans, average age 73, who decided they would bring home from Greece the last working World War II LST (landing ship-tank) and turn it into a memorial.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17

The Amazing White Chimp

Animal Planet, 2 p.m.

Animal rescuers save “Pinkie,” a 6-week-old orphan chimpanzee. She is a rare albino and has one brown eye and one blue. When she is older, they introduce her to a chimp troop in the Tacugoma Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.

The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy