Worth Watching in May 2011

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By Peggy Weber

Television, Radio & Multimedia


The Beatification of Pope John Paul II will broadcast on Catholic TV at noon and 8 p.m. Watch on Sky Angel channel 142, selected cable outlets, or online at CatholicTV.com. (MAY 1)


This clever and fun music video teaches about ST. THOMAS AQUINAS. Watch at youtube.com/watch?v=m57m0XiRgBA&feature=player_embedded. Related videos available.


In Hallmark’s THREE WEEKS, THREE KIDS, a free-spirited woman takes charge of her sister’s kids for three weeks, allowing her to see motherhood in a new light. (MAY 7) 


PBS’ American Experience airs SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, telling the story of the American civil rights movement as heard through its music, including freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in meetings, and in jail cells. (May 9)


On PBS, The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT from Washington, D.C., will be broadcast from 8 to 9:30 p.m. (re-airs 9:30 to 11 p.m.) ET. It will feature an all-star line-up of performers and the National Symphony Orchestra. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host. (May 29)  




THERE BE DRAGONS tells the story of a Spanish-American journalist trying to mend his relationship with his dying father, who he learns was a close friend of St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. (MAY 6) 


Families looking for a good summer movie might welcome Kung Fu Panda 2. Po is living a peaceful life until a new villain comes to the valley to use a secret weapon, conquer China, and destroy kung fu. The furry fighter responds. (May 26)


In Pirates of The Caribbean 4, Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it, too. (May 20)  




Oblate Media offers videos that help parishes, families, and individuals better understand their faith. They recently released BEING CATHOLIC: HOW CATHOLICS LIVE, offering lessons on the Ten Commandments, Christian ethics, and the Beatitudes. Visit videoswithvalues.org.


Perfect for any family taking a trip this summer is ELMO’S TRAVEL SONGS AND GAMES, in which Elmo and Abby offer a travel-themed story, games, and songs. (May 3)


The Christian DVD/CD GREAT BIG GOD LIVE: A KIDS PRAISE AND WORSHIP CELEBRATION is for under-8s and designed to help children and young people connect with God.


The 50th anniversary edition of “Davey and Goliath” is the occasion for the release of DAVEY AND GOLIATH: VOLUME 6. The characters have been refurbished and restored for DVD to tell their Bible stories. Recommended for ages 3 to 8. (May 1)

Peggy Weber

Peggy Weber holds a B.A. in English from Providence College and an M.A. in journalism from Marquette University. She is a reporter, producer, and social media editor for Catholic Communications for the Diocese of Springfield.