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“To get an idea of what Catholic apps are in use today just take a look at the blog Catholic Apps”–Vatican Insider
Hundreds of mobile apps include “Catholic” in the description. How do you select the app that is right for you? We actually test-drive most of the apps listed here for mobile devices in the most popular formats: iOS [Apple products like iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch], Android, Blackberry, KindleFire, Nook and Windows Phone. We are based in the United States and feature apps in English, but many apps offer other language options.
If you are new to using Catholic apps, let’s start with the basics. Begin by downloading a Swiss Army-type app that comes loaded with many useful Catholic apps and special features all in one package. There are a few to choose from based on your type of device and platform. After you choose one of those “essential” all-in-one Catholic apps, then shop for others that fit your particular needs and interests. Click the link above to choose your all-in-one Catholic app.
Many Catholic apps include in their content various Lenten devotions like Way of the Cross. So, you may have these devotions for Lent already. Check the detailed contents of your apps. Some apps are exclusively devoted to Lenten devotions. Click the link above to browse those apps that are popularly recommended. Browse a variety of resources to help you in your Lenten journey.
Apps after Easter for Divine Mercy and Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
Two significant celebrations occur the Sunday after Easter-27 April 2014- Divine Mercy Sunday and the Canonization of two popes — John Paul II and John XXIII. We focus on some of the more popular apps that can help you celebrate this monumental day in the history of the Church. These apps also provide spiritual reading, devotions and special programing that you can continue to enjoy during the great season of Easter. The canonization Mass is scheduled to air live at 3:30 a.m. ET Sunday, April 27. Novenas begin on Good Friday 18 April 2014.
For up-to-date (even live!) content connecting you with all things papal, in the palm of your hand. Check out three apps produce by Vatican developers utilizing Vatican News Service and other in-house sources to bring you an all-access pass to Pope Francis with official papal-related content in a variety of formats: Twitter feeds, news and official speeches, galleries with the latest images and videos, access to his calendar, and links to other services of the Holy See along with video (live and on demand) of important events.
Browse the very best Roman Catholic Missal apps. All the apps we recommend are in English but some of them offer other language options including Latin and Spanish. We list apps for both the Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass and the Extraordinary Form (Latin 1962). Apps which include the English Ordinary Form contain the updated English translation of the Roman Missal (3rd ed.) Yes, you may use these apps on your mobile device during Mass. They were designed for that. [Read our guidelines for using a cell phone in church.] Some of these apps include versions of the Mass texts for priests to use on the altar. Some apps only offer responses (in case that cheat sheet card in the pew is missing). Links to the most popular Catholic devotional booklets centered on daily Scripture readings at Mass (in digital format) are included in our list. These too cover both Ordinary and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Missal.
A great way to enhance your prayer life. Whether you pray this regularly already or are just starting out, these apps offer the prayers for the hours during the day plus the Office of Readings. The benefit to having it on your mobile device over reading from the traditional printed breviary? It’s at your fingertips wherever you are. The backlight and ability to zoom text allows for easier reading. No page flipping ribbon setting or figuring out the correct segments for the day as it is all laid out for you. Some apps offer audio versions as well so you can pray when you are on the go or in a circumstance where you cannot read from text.
The liturgical calendar, also known as the Catholic Church calendar, consists of Holy Days, Feasts, the start and end day of the Catholic seasons –Advent, Christmas, Lent, The Triduum. The Catholic calendar starts on the first day of Advent, which is 4 Sundays before Christmas. The other seasons are calculated based on this date. Need a quick look at the liturgical calendar on line? Here it is. We recommend the very best in Catholic liturgical calendars for a variety of formats including your home computer. Subscriptions to your digital calendar-like Outlook–included.
Bible Apps Sacred Scripture
At a Sunday Angelus in 2014, Pope Francis said:
“During the last few Sundays I have suggested to all of you to obtain a small copy of the Gospel, to carry with you during the day, so you can read it frequently…Today we can also read the Gospel using many technological instruments. You can carry the entire Bible around with you in a smartphone, in a tablet. The important thing is to read the Word of God, by any means – read the Word of God, it is Jesus who is speaking to you!” Our top Bible picks are available in a variety of digital formats in a variety of versions including Catholic, of course. Many are free. The top Bible study apps with a host of resources are listed as well. Click the link above to get started.
Confession Apps Sacrament of Reconciliation
Apps of this nature are NOT meant to be a substitute for sacramental confession with a priest.
The sacrament requires a good effort at an examination of conscience. The apps selected offer a variety of creative means of exploring yourself, your relationship with God and the various ways we rupture that from time to time. Yes, you can bring your mobile device into the confessional if it will help you to make a good confession. Go for it.
“Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.” St. Teresa of Avila
From simple to sophisticated, a variety of prayer apps are available for most mobile devices. These apps include traditional Catholic prayers, rosaries, blessings, novenas, Way of the Cross, prayers for various occasions, Psalms, Marian prayers, Catholic devotions, retreats and intercessory prayer for various saints. There is even an app which tracks your personal prayer intentions and another that sends your prayer requests to a Catholic priest. Some of the apps include audio versions of prayers. St. Therese of Lisieux kept her crucifix tucked within her habit (photo on left). Today we tuck our mobile devices in our clothes. Let’s transform those devices into tools to deepen our prayer life and help us connect with the Lord. Click link above to begin your search for the prayer app right for you.
Explore your Catholic faith with apps that “help good Catholics become better Catholics, bring former Catholics ‘home,’ and lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith.” That mission is from Catholic Answers, a popular apologetics site. It is borrowed as a terrific description of what these various faith apps do. Faith formation is a life-long journey which you can enhance with top-notch resources at your fingertips. Continue that journey of faith by exploring popular apps available at the link above.
Get the latest news pertaining to our faith and culture in the world including daily updates of leading headlines from around the world, the Vatican and in the United States.
Live and recorded television and radio from leading Catholic broadcast and internet networks in the United States and via Vatican broadcast media. Most is geared to the English-speaking world, but Vatican sources cover many languages. Programing includes liturgies, devotionals, news, Catholic teaching, call-in shows, live events and much more. Requires internet connection.
I am enamored by the rich variety of instructions offered by a host of competent lecturers and famous priests whose recordings have been captured for our listening pleasure on line. Hours and hours of recordings! If you are looking for good, solid, faithful instruction, this link contains some of my favorites. When I don’t care to listen to the radio, I turn to these recordings. I listen while driving, gardening, cooking, lounging… so enjoyable to listen to these offerings. Edifying and inspiring. Internet connect required to operate some of the apps.
“The purpose of our lives as Catholics is to become saints. By God’s grace, we can collaborate with Him on that lifelong task. You know many of the ways already, and an indispensable one is spiritual reading, which is accessible to all who are literate.” - Father John McCloskey. Thousands of e-book titles are available to read off your mobile device. Many of those titles are free, and you don’t need an expensive e-reader as your cell phone probably has all you need to download and start reading. Most services out there require reading software, but we also offer one that just needs standard Java (which most phones have). Explore your options along with a complete guide to downloading and reading books at the link above.
Catholic Political Action Apps (United States)
By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and to be “salt for the earth, light for the nations.” As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person … As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life” [USCCB Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.] We feature three popular apps that are designed to help U. S. Catholics become more informed and involved in their attention to national civic matters.
Ignio (Free) iOS and Android- Live, share, track your spiritual practices and thoughts–just as you would your diet and exercise program only it’s for your soul. Collect a group of 11 friends to share updates, thoughts and practices like prayer, scripture reading, mass attendance. Great app for those who enjoy using social networking to keep in contact with certain close spiritual friends. On that front, it’s a good means of spiritual support with others you trust. It has a bishop’s approval. I like apps containing personal information like this with additional password protection–this has it. However, you have to sign up for a log-in. I am not a fan of having to give personal info like email address and my birthdate just to open the app. I do enjoy the daily message of reflection which automatically appears on my phone each morning.
Prepare for Christmas with little Advent devotions on-the-go. The popular apps recommended provide daily devotions, Scripture readings, Advent calendars and prayer services. Some apps contain virtual Advent wreaths with candles that you can light on your device to bring this devotion with you wherever you travel.
Mass Times (Free)- iOS [Android coming soon] From Developer: Traveling? Need to find the nearest church, their Mass schedule, and map/directions? The Catholic Directory App will help you quickly find all this and more — the nearest churches, Mass times, web sites, maps, directions, staff, bulletins, and other important information. And to make it even better, it’s all FREE of charge! This App replaces the highly rated original Mass Times Catholic Church Finder, but is now FREE of charge and includes several upgrades. It’s now even easier to find the nearest church, their Mass schedule, and map/directions when traveling. Powered by TheCatholicDirectory.com. See video of how the app works.
CAUTION – verify the church’s Mass times as it is the responsibility of the parish to inform Catholic Directory of any changes in schedule. Many are woefully negligent in doing this. Phone numbers are provided along with links to the church’s web site and maps. Helpful, indeed. Trust but verify. Don’t say you were not warned.
Catholic Tour Apps ($.99) iOS Your trip to New England and the Washington, DC areas can be greatly enhanced with the discovery of interesting destinations related to your Catholic culture. Wouldn’t it be nice to know Catholic contributions to historical events and places when you tour these cities? The folks at Pauline Press have developed two apps that cover Boston and the Washington, DC area complete with audio tour guides, interactive maps and lists of sights to see. New York City and Baltimore, Maryland are in development, according to their web site. From Pauline Press: “Catholic Tour Apps is your guide to the hidden places of interest that help you know your history as an American Catholic and claim your Catholic culture. Discover guides to places of historical interest, shrines, museums and memorials, as well as galleries of art. Whether you’re planning your trip in advance or are looking for information on the spot, Catholic Tour Apps put everything at your fingertips so you can save time, relax, enjoy yourself, and make memories for yourself or your family that will last a lifetime.”
App recommendations by others
App Recommendations fromPromoteCatholicism.com:
[NOTE: not all links go to sites that give indication that the app may be available in Android or Blackberry version. You may need to check via search engine to see if it is available for your device's format. ]
American Catholic: Saint of the Day iPhone App
Christian Art Mobile App
Evangelizo – Daily Gospel (AppBrain)
Rosary Miracle Prayer
Saint a Day
St Josemaria Escriva
Stations of the Cross
The Catholic Game
VerseWise’s Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
YouVersion Bible App
(Don’t forget to restart your device after installing any apps to avoid crashes and low memory warnings!)