Your search is over. Welcome to the most comprehensive list of the best Catholic apps in the world!
Select your new mobile app with confidence.
We’re referenced in Vatican Insider report in LaStampa and Mission Online as a recommended site to view the variety of Catholic apps available in the marketplace.
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.
Advent Companion 2013 ($.99 ) iOS, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Reader Store. English. The paperback print version is sold out, but you can get the electronic version any time. The app version is only for iOS format [iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch] English, French and Spanish. From the publishers of Magnificat:
- a practical, page-a-day format featuring original meditations on the Gospelreading of each day by nineteen gifted authors.
- Each issue of the Advent Companion is never the same as the last and contains these one-of-a-kind extras that you won’t find anywhere else:
- a variety of beautiful blessings and essays
- an Advent Penance Service
- specially-commissioned poetry
- a unique feature: the Advent Stations
Get ready for Advent with nifty wreaths for your smart phone. We’ve got you covered for iOS and Android.
Virtual Advent Wreath ($.99) iOS. This is my favorite advent wreath app. It is as realistic as it gets. No prayers, a little background music (which you can turn off). You light the realistic candles in a lovely low-light setting and just pray on your own. Peaceful and serene. The flames respond to rotation of the device. And you can blow the candle(s) out–literally. I’m serious! So cool. Annoying ads at the opening, but once you’re in the virtual wreath, it’s just you and your candles. I have had this on in the middle of the night when I just want to pray a bit. Extremely realistic – and safer than the real thing.
Advent Wreath ($.99) Android. This app misses the fancy, realistic graphic punch we have come to expect in apps these days but, hey, it works if all you need is a simple Advent wreath in the palm of your hand. From developer: ”Touch the wicks to light the candles and enjoy the peaceful, soothing flickering of the flames. Easily gather your friends and family for your very own Advent Wreath lighting no matter how busy you are.” Here’s a cool feature: the candles slowly burn down as the days of Advent pass by. You also have the option to turn the burn rate up for a more dramatic effect.
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 apps in one package. There are three to choose from based on your type of device. After you choose one of those “essential” apps, then shop for others that fit your particular needs and interests.
Essential Apps for your mobile device
Laudete [Formerly "Catholic One"] (Free) iOS and Android and KindleFire. This probably is the #1 free Catholic app because it is the most fully loaded app at this price point. It is hands-down the best value in a Catholic app. Available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski, Slovenian. You get:
- Daily Mass Readings and Order of Mass
- Catechism of the Catholic Church- (as well as the Compendium) as a web view display of the Catechism published on the Vatican web site. Internet connection required.
- Liturgy of the Hours- includes text for all the hours for the day
- New American Bible; NAB Bible when connected to internet only. It also offers Douay-Rheims Bible which is local so you don’t need to be connected to the internet. This makes for a large file, so they recommend moving the app to your phone’s SD card
- Link to Pope App
- Rosary with a Podcast for Rosary and Stations of the Cross and Latin Rosary
- Chaplet of Divine Mercy (on Rosary screen)
- Stations of the Cross
- Confession preparation with examination of conscience
- Various prayers and prayers in Latin with English translation
- A Prayer for Religious Freedom
- Daily Meditations.
- Podcasts of Daily Readings and meditations
- Launcher for iCatholicRadio
- Ability to bookmark prayers and create own categorized prayers. Export/Import for prayers.Here’s another review from a user.
- The Douay-Rheims and Latin Vulgate Bibles
- Catechism of the Catholic Church added to iPieta as a web view display of the Catechism published on the Vatican web site. Internet connection required. There is NO app available for the Catechism of the Catholic Church due to copyright/translation issues. This is the only way you can view it using an app. [Kindle version via Amazon $9.95] Other catechisms available on this app are Baltimore Catechisms #1, #2, & #3; Catechism of Christian Doctrine, the Roman Catechism
- Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas
- Calendar for Ordinary Roman Calendar and Extraordinary Roman Calendar (1962).
- Numerous devotions including a version of the Little Office of Our Lady, the 33-Day Total Consecration Preparation, Novenas to the Holy Spirit and to the Divine Mercy, St. Alphonsus Stations of the Cross, and the St. Bridget 1-Year and 12-Year Prayers.
- Spiritual writings by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, the Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas, the Imitation of Christ, Introduction to Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, selections by St. Jean-Marie Vianney, and the Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa. The Summa (apart from the Supplement) is also in Latin.
- Papal Encyclicals
- Ecumenical Council Documents
- Scriptural passages for meditating on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary
- Examination of Conscience
Catholic’s Companion Windows Phone (Free or .99 cents) The free version has ads. Precious few apps are available for this format, but this one will hold you over until more come on the scene for the Windows Phone. It is most comprehensive as an all-in-one Catholic app. From Developer: “This application has everything a Catholic needs. It is an app that is meant to help you grow in your faith. This app hold many different resources like the most common prayers, the rosary, the bible, an audio bible, daily mass readings, mass online, prayer reminders, journals, news and a breviary! You can read a daily bible verse and get information on a daily saint! You can search for local parishes and much much more!” On WindowsPhone 8 the content downloads are exceptionally fast.
Apps Following Pope Francis
Pope App (Free) iOS and Android For up-to-date (even live!) content connecting you with all things papal, (at times LIVE) in the palm of your hand. NEW POPE’S ENCYCLICAL LUMEN FIDEI is available to read! This app was developed by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications utilizing Vatican News Service as an all-access pass to Pope Francis with official papal-related content in a variety of formats: 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. Get timely ALERTS and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican’s many news outlets. A great app to have handy to pick up all the latest official material coming out of Vatican news services during this historic time in Church history. Not to be confused with the Pope2U app which is primarily news oriented, Pope App delves into a wide array of media sources of all things papal. The interface is similar to Facebook’s mobile app, so it is intuitive to those users.The 6 Vatican web cams stream live too. 5 languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.
Missio (Free) iOS and Android Launched by Pope Francis (on May 17, 2013) and created by the Pontifical Mission Societies, MISSIO is designed as a Catholic news aggregate for for staying up-to-date on the latest Catholic news from the Vatican and around the world with daily news reports and videos. The mission society’s application for mobile devices and smartphones collects news from Rome, stories and photos from the missions and other material, according to developers. Available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic.
Please note: Missal apps are not precise. Variations in Missals in English-speaking countries are not always accounted for and optional choices may or may not be included in the Missal app for the day’s text. You may wish to verify before using.
All the apps listed below for the Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass contain the updated English translation of the Roman Missal (3rd ed.)
iMissal- ($4.99) iOS, Android , Blackberry Kindle Fire. Windows Phone version is $6.99. Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass. An indispensable component of my iPhone. Here’s a link explaining all the features of this great app which comes fully loaded. Just click the day on the little calendar and voilà, the Liturgy of the Word readings are there in proper order AND linked to their iMissal Bible (NABre) integrated directly with iMissal so that you can jump from Mass Readings and Bible Verses directly into iMissal Bible for full contextual reference (another reason to get this app). Easy to read because you can bump up the text size with the zoom-in tool or set it to desired size in settings. Text is re-formatted to fit when you zoom. Very helpful. Personally, my husband and I no longer use the printed missal in my church pew because this is so much easier to read. Internet/phone connection NOT needed to run this app. Updates include Our Daily Bread (verses linked to iMissal’s bible); audio readings (requires internet connection) which can aid lectors with pronunciation, HQ video of Mass from CatholicTV (requires internet connection), and much more. My only complaint is the occasional omission and inaccuracy which I warn about in the disclaimer in blue above this entry. For instance, in 2013 the feast day was incorrect on August 12 (for USA) and on October 28 the Gospel was completely omitted from the readings. Apps are not flawless, so it pays to trust but verify, especially if you are planning to use them in a public setting or at Mass (Heaven forbid!) Available only in English as developers await the USCCB approval for the Spanish lectionary which they report will be forthcoming. WARNING: the “play” button for the audio is on the main screen of the text of readings. It is very EASY to hit that button which results in the audio blaring out of your mobile device — not what you want if you are in church!
The Roman Missal English/Latin ($4.89) Android. Imagine a Missal app created with input from priests and lay people who celebrate or hear Mass daily and work in collaboration with publishers of the Roman Missal since 1989 in English Speaking countries. The result is a most comprehensive Missal app designed with an interface that requires minimal navigation when celebrating or attending Mass. Internet connection is not needed to operate. You can even have your texts in Latin, if you prefer. According to the developers: “The app contains all the prayers and readings used in Mass for the Liturgical year. The English texts for the Order of Mass and Prefaces are from the 3rd Edition. The Order of Mass and Prefaces can be displayed in English, Latin or Both. The Entrance and Communion Antiphons, the Gospel Acclamations, and responses to the Psalms are in English and Latin. The app can be used offline, unlike the other Missal apps that require an online connection to download the prayers or readings for the day. Additionally, it contains the complete supplement of the Roman Missal for use in the Philippines (i.e. Simbang Gabi masses, Feast of the Sto. Nino, etc.). We are working to add more supplements for the English speaking dioceses and territories all over the world.
The app has an implementation of the General Roman Calendar that automatically displays the celebration for the day for any day of any year, forever. The app then loads the proper index pages for the respective season. The app has handy buttons that correspond to the ribbon markers in the printed missal.
For the next version which we shall release by the First quarter of 2013, we shall complete the readings for masses of the dead and masses for weddings. By the Second quarter 2013, we shall release the app with the prayers in Latin.”
The New Mass ($2.99) for iOS and Android. Reviewed by CatholicTechTalk. Designed to help the laity learn responses in the Revised English Translation of the Roman Missal (3rd ed.) Ideal for those in the pews as it separates out each segment of the Mass offering the present translation, the revised translation and a little catechesis on the “reasons” for each revised translation. This app is very simple to use. The darkened background assures that you won’t have a bright white screen illuminating in your hand, distracting those in the pews. It is nice to have these revised texts with you when traveling, attending churches other than your home parish. With so many nuances in the new English translation, no one can possibly pick up all of them with a few trial runs. This app is valuable to help the congregation learn its new lines with deeper understanding over time. The Gloria and the Creed are the major changes that take time to commit to memory, so this app helps. There are NO Mass readings and no priest parts in this app as it is NOT a complete missal. It is strictly the common text that the congregation recites from a missal.
New Missal (Free) iOS and Android. English version of the Roman Missal (3rd Edition). Imagine an app that offers the Missal in the same format as texting, so following the parts of the Mass is intuitive to you. Screen shot is on the right, but check out more on the linked site so you can get a good idea of how this works. Complete with readings which can be synched ahead of time. German and Spanish versions also available. Offers adjustable text size and reflections on the readings.
Laudete [Formerly "Catholic One"] (Free) iOs and Android. This probably is the #1 free Catholic app because it offers so much. It is hands-down best value. Available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski, Slovenian. You get: Daily Mass Readings, New American Bible, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy (on Rosary screen), Stations of the Cross, various prayers and prayers in Latin with English translation. Podcast for Rosary and Stations. Daily Meditations. Podcasts of Daily Readings and meditations. Launcher for iCatholicRadio. Ability to bookmark prayers and create own categorized prayers. Export/Import for prayers. NAB Bible when connected to internet only. It also offers Douay-Rheims Bible which is local so you don’t need to be connected to the internet. This makes for a large file, so they recommend moving the app to your phone’s SD card. This app also includes LOTS of prayers. Here’s another review from a user.
iBreviary Terra Sancta (Free) - for iOS and Blackberry and Android and Kindle Fire and the new Kindle Fire HD. Don’t let the name fool you. It is NOT JUST A BREVIARY…IT’S THE COMPLETE ROMAN MISSAL (English 3rd ed.) and more. There is a learning curve for priests navigating the Sacramentary, but it is fairly easy to master after a few run-throughs or use of tutorial. A new MASS EDITOR has been added which gives priests the ability to create all the texts of the Mass on one page, adding the text of the homily, announcements, readings, etc. so all they have to do is scroll through all the texts that are in complete order. The Mass text created can use both ferial texts, as well as texts from the Common of Saints, Votive Masses, etc. The problem with this new feature is the excessive amount of scrolling needed to get to the specific part of the Mass text needed (because so many optional texts are included in your “created” version). You don’t want to do that while saying Mass. The older version of using the menu along the left side –in landscape view– is much simpler. Packaged with iBreviary, you also get
- Liturgy of the Hours (Roman and Ambrosian Rite)
- Roman and Ambrosian Missal
- Application available in English, Italian, French, Latin, Spanish
- Mass readings (full lectionary) for the current day [but cumbersome to navigate to from the Missal]
- Missal and Breviary for the celebrations of the Saints. (also the commons)
- Main prayers of the Catholic tradition
- About Saints Day (short bio and picture)
- Load up to 10 days to use off-line
- Ordinary of the Mass and rituals according to the Vetus Ordo of 1962.
Using an iPad, iBreviary can be used in place of the traditional missal on the altar if you are without your Sacramentary. Imagine being on the road and saying Mass in a variety of non-church settings [see photo on right]. But world-wide, the debate on the propriety of this use continues. Some priests object to this unless in a pinch. Others have had a great experience with using an iPad in place of a printed missal. New Zeland bishops have forbidden its use by priests in that country.
You need internet/phone connection to operate this app. However, you can download a week of liturgies stored in a separate cache in case you are going to be in an area with no internet access (like your sanctuary!) Make sure all the particular texts you need are there before beginning Mass. This app is not biased toward the United States calendar, for example.
Catholic’s Companion Windows Phone only (Free or .99 cents) The free version of A Catholic’s Companion has ads. To get this app without ads check out the paid version of Catholic’s Companion for 99 cents. Among the many features of this app you will find daily Mass readings (no Missal). If you want to watch a video of the day’s Mass on line, it has a direct link to CatholicTV’s filmed daily Mass. On a Windows Phone 8 the speed with which you access this video is incredible.
Mobi-Catholic (Free) Windows Phone only. If all you need is a simple app that offers the Mass Readings of the day, this is it. Scroll through the reading set up for you in a nice, readable format. English only. Texts are from the Ordinary Form of the Mass.
Catholic Cheat Sheet- (Free with ads; $.99 w/0 adds) iOS, Android- Text of the Mass (responses only) with new English translation included (3rd ed.). This app includes dozens and dozens of prayers along with catechetical instruction on a variety of topics. Review by Catholic Tech Talk: “This is the perfect app to have Catholic answers at your disposal at any point in time. One of the best features is the order of the Mass INCLUDING the New Mass [translation]…”
iMass ($1.99) for iOS and Android. Extraordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass in Latin (1962 missal). Supremely easy to use! The app provides a complete missal– the text of the Mass of the day according to the 1962 Missal (Latin on left side and English on right side)–so you can use it for participation at Mass. We downloaded the day’s missal and were able to use it at at EF mass. Everything was included in complete order, so all we had to do was scroll to the end. No need to switch to other page links in the app. It’s all there for you. Zoom feature (pinch) can be used for the missal and breviary text, but it doesn’t work on my iPhone for some reason. The priest at our Mass appreciated the fact that we used the app. You can watch Masses LIVE or on demand. Get the missal and video stream of daily mass in the Extraordinary Form to watch on demand (use HD version for iPad). More info. is at the iMass web site. As they appropriately warn, “This app does not serve to fulfill the Sunday Obligation of going to church and assisting at Mass, however it is an optimal way to unite yourself to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at any time of the day or night.” When watching the video version you can use a split screen for the text of the missal. If you do not have a suitable mobile device, you can watch recordings of the Mass on your computer at this web site AND get the day’s missal. Here’s a review by a hard-core user.
Magnificat (Free to subscribers of print edition/$1.99 per month) iOS only. The official texts of the daily Mass. The App is free for subscribers to the printed version of the USA edition. Otherwise, it is free from the day you install the App, until the end of the month, then buy each month for $1.99. Presented in a day-by-day format, the MAGNIFICAT App includes: morning, evening, and night prayers inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours; readings and prayers of each daily Mass; daily meditations drawn from the best writings of the Church Fathers as well as recent spiritual masters; and essays on the lives of the saints from yesterday and today.
Looking for a similar print form for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass (1962)? Check out Laudamus Te, a devotional magazine published 6 times a year.
Liturgy of the Hours
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.
When using these apps in a group setting, keep in mind that the single volume Christian Prayer book has a longer reading than the reading taken from the 4-volume breviary. Most breviary apps include the shorter reading. Need a free online Liturgy of the Hours for the Latin Rite? This site has each day of the year linked.
iBreviary Terra Sancta app (Free) - for iOS , Blackberry and Android. Web-based device access (for Kindle, Nook and your computer etc.) NEW from developer: “Finally it is also available for Kindle Fire (and the new Kindle Fire HD) You get:
- Liturgy of the Hours (Roman and Ambrosian Rite)
- 5 Languages: English, Italian, French, Latin, Spanish
- Breviary for the celebrations of the Saints. (also the commons)
- Load up to one week of Hours so you don’t need to have internet access if you think to do this ahead of time.
Includes the new English translation! This is noticeable in the closing prayer and penitential rite in Compline. It includes an optional closing prayer in the “old” (2nd edition ) English translation which is useful if you are praying with others using print Breviaries. Pros: A beautiful digital version of the print version you are used to, complete with “church font” and rubrics. Cons: Doesn’t match the print version entirely –the readings are often much shorter than those in the print breviary (make note of this when you pray with others using the print version) Also, calendars aren’t biased to United States saints/feasts. World-class app that includes a complete Roman Missal (including priest’s sacramentary), text for various Rites and blessings and a fine selection of Catholic prayers.
Divine Office ($19.99) is a full-feature audio and text App for iOS, Android. Nokia is $4.99 Nook ($14.99) as developer says it is a “less sophisticated” version and will not automatically download and cache the audio contents for you.. NEW now available on Kindle Fire. Approved texts for United States with a bias towards the U.S. calendar. This is a 2011, 2012 and 2013 About Catholicism Readers’ Choice Awards Winner for BEST CATHOLIC iOS App, website and podcast.
You get all the principal hours of the day in print AND audio with introduction about the day. Download includes the entire day, so you cannot select the hours you wish to download.
The purchase of Divine Office app provides you with the same content available on the DivineOffice.org website [another 2013 About Catholicism Reader's Choice Awards winner for best web site], complete with music, chimes, etc. that add to the beauty and the time (approx 20 min). If you want a sense of praying with others in a virtual monastic environment, this is your app. You can only upload a few days at a time. The app will automatically download today’s audio and text Liturgy. You can download the next few days without connecting to a computer. Wireless connection without iTunes synchronization so you never need to connect to a computer for updates. You can download all these same audio files for FREE as a Podcast at DivineOffice.org. This podcast loads into iTunes or you can get it direct off their web site. While Some criticize the pious recitation of the prayers as a little on the sappy side, I personally love this version (as an App or Podcast). Tasteful & elegant interface to go with excellent studio production quality. On iPhone/iPad only you get a tracking component so that you can see a graphic of the globe with little points of light that indicate who is praying the Hours with you in real time around the world! How cool is that? I tried this in South Africa and, sure enough, my solitary point of light appeared. Watch the video demo in our right-hand column explaining all the many aspects of this well-developed program.
Catholic’s Companion Windows Phone (Free or .99 cents) The free version has ads. A Catholic’s Companion. Among many features of this all-purpose app is a link to the Divine Office app. While there is no app version of Divine Office specifically for Windows Phone to download, you can access Divine Office through your Catholic’s Companion app where you will find that it is formatted to Windows Phone quite nicely. Divine Office offers both text and audio versions of the hours each day.
Laudete [Formerly "Catholic One"](Free) iOs and Android. This probably is the #1 free Catholic app because it is the most comprehensive. Available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski, Slovenian. Among other features it offers Liturgy of the Hours.
Universalis ($13.33) iOS , Android — Roman Calendar, Liturgy of the Hours, Roman Missal (English 3rd Edition), Saint of the Day, and more! For other platforms, you can go to their web site where they suggest setting up the daily email service, or creating your own e-book of their extensive offerings to read on your device. Of course, you can view everything on line for free; it is set up for mobile viewing. Once you download the App, you get it all forever–equivalent of 5,000 pages! And this one-time subscription covers all your devices. YOU GET… liturgical calendar for every year from 1970 to 2300 and beyond. Feasts and celebrations according to the General Calendar and the local calendars of the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland, and others. Also features “About Today” pages giving more information about the saint of the day. You get all 7 daily prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours; the Mass readings for yesterday, today and the future and the Roman Missal (updated 3rd edition in English). The downside? Breviary and Mass readings and psalms are not necessarily the approved translation for your country. The app is strictly text, no audio, and it is expensive in relation to the app market; nevertheless, it’s complete (minus the hymns) and there’s nothing more to download as it comes loaded. Does not require internet connection to operate, so this app comes in handy when in a pinch. It is my last-ditch emergency app for the breviary.
E-Breviary pdf download ($29.95 annual subscription) This isn’t an app but …it’s another way to read Liturgy of the Hours on your computer or mobile device. E-Breviary is a service that offers downloads of .pdf files of the principle hours of prayer: Morning, Day, Evening, Night and Office of Readings. You can also read them on line on your computer’s browser but NOT your mobile device unless you download the pdf files first. These approved texts (North America) are offered in a format just as they are printed in your breviary (“church” font with red rubrics). Very nice to read on your computer screen, mobile device or as print-out. Because these are pdf files, you can zoom in for easier reading. Great for dark situations where you can’t have light on. Nice to have available on my laptop or mobile device, especially when traveling. For mobile device you need to download a week’s worth of pdf files to your computer and then transfer them to your mobile device as most mobile browsers do not support e-Breviary’s pages. Visit e-breviary.com to subscribe. You will need to send them a check. They don’t process payments on line.
iMass ($1.99) for iOS and Android. This app contains traditional (NOT the current) versions of the Breviary in Latin. These versions include Tridentine Monastic, Tridentine 1570, Tridentine 1910, Divino Afflatu, Reduced 1955, Rubrics 1960 and 1960 New Calendar. Zoom pinch feature can be used for the missal and breviary text which is offered in split-page English/Latin. You can set preferences for type in text and rubrics. More info. is at the iMass web site. This app also includes the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass (1962 Missal in Latin)– a complete missal– the text of the Mass of the day according to the 1962 Missal–so you can use it for participation at Mass BUT you must have internet connection to use this app.
Praystation Portable Podcast (Free) Download from iTunes or off their web site. This is a podcast of Liturgy of the Hours for every day of the week. It uses the approved English translations. It has lately become unreliable in offering all the principle hours. If all you want is a simple dry read–no frills–this is a great choice, but I am downgrading my enthusiasm for it because of its inconsistency which I depend upon (Divine Office is your best option these days for reliability). This plays on any device that can play MP3 files. New podcasts can be uploaded WIRELESSLY if you have that connection ability. So, you don’t need to go through iTunes. You can also play the podcast direct off the internet without any downloading if you are so connected. Of course, you can download the Hours up to three or four days ahead. Ideal when I’m on the road (literally) or at night when I don’t want to have light on to read or when I just want to close my eyes to pray. Besides inconsistency, the downside to this podcast is that some listeners find that the reader reads too fast. If you need reading to be at a slower pace, Divine Office podcast is your best option.
Liturgia Horarum – (Free) Current Divine Office in Latin; it is available on-line only on an interactive web site.
Breviarium Meum - iOS (Free) iPad formatting ($0.99) is a separate download with spectacular formatting for ease of use and easier reading on iPad. This app offers the traditional (1960 rubrics) Latin breviary of the Roman Catholic Church. The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have released this app which will allow you to follow along and pray the older Roman breviary on your iOS device. It is available in Latin with the ability to turn on a parallel translation in English [see screen shot]. For more on the app, read the WDTPRS review. From developers: “You can download the texts up to a week in advance, so you can pray even when you don’t have a network connection. Pray the breviary you know in a new way, or get to know for the first time the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior, considered by Summorum Pontificum as a precious treasure to be preserved and made accessible to all the faithful.”
Options for Divine Office sung in Gregorian chant- online podcasts (FREE) Fr. Z and contributing commentators offer a few choices from around the world where you can access daily chants of the Divine Office on line. As Fr. Z notes: “This is part of who we are as Catholics. We have to know this form or worship and rebuild it everywhere. It is the Church’s preferred music for worship. It is our patrimony.”
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.
Universalis ($13.33) iOS , Android – Roman Calendar, Liturgy of the Hours, Roman Missal (English 3rd Edition), Saint of the Day, and more! For other platforms, you can go to their web site where they suggest setting up the daily email service, or creating your own e-book of their extensive offerings to read on your device. Of course, you can view everything on line for free; it is set up for mobile viewing. Once you download the App, you get it all forever–equivalent of 5,000 pages! And this one-time subscription covers all your devices. YOU GET… liturgical calendar for every year from 1970 to 2300 and beyond. Feasts and celebrations according to the General Calendar and the local calendars of the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland, and others. Also features “About Today” pages giving more information about the saint of the day.
e-Ordo ($19.95/year) This is not an app, but it’s the Roman Catholic Liturgical calendar that can be imported into most electronic calendars and platforms (PC, Mac, smartphones, and tablets) delivered via .zip file. Just download, extract the files, and import to your calendar application of choice. Instructions. Purchase direct from their web site. From Developer: Imagine the convenience of importing the liturgical year into your existing electronic calendar! E-Ordo is in compliance with the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the calendar and includes all the liturgical calendar information including colors, seasons, feasts, solemnities, memorials, and optional memorials. Includes the lectionary reading numbers, as well as the designation as to whether or not the Creed and/or the Gloria are said. All readings and alternative readings are listed for every day of the week, as is information about the Liturgy of the Hours. Local variants to the universal liturgical calendar may be edited once the calendar is imported.
iPieta.($2.99) Full version for iOS. Android version is split up into several lite apps. Calendar is for Ordinary Roman Calendar and Extraordinary Roman Calendar (1962). This major app is loaded with so much more!
• The Douay-Rheims and Latin Vulgate Bibles
• NEW! Catechism of the Catholic Church added to iPieta as a web view display of the Catechism published on the Vatican web site. Internet connection required. There is NO app available for the Catechism of the Catholic Church due to copyright issues. This is the only way you can view it using an app. Other catechisms available on this app are Baltimore Catechisms #1, #2, & #3; Catechism of Christian Doctrine, the Roman Catechism
• Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas
• Numerous devotions including a version of the Little Office of Our Lady, the 33-Day Total Consecration Preparation, Novenas to the Holy Spirit and to the Divine Mercy, St. Alphonsus Stations of the Cross, and the St. Bridget 1-Year and 12-Year Prayers.
• Spiritual writings by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, the Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas, the Imitation of Christ, Introduction to Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, selections by St. Jean-Marie Vianney, and the Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa. The Summa (apart from the Supplement) is also in Latin.
• Papal Encyclicals
• Ecumenical Council Documents
• Scriptural passages for meditating on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary
• Examination of Conscience
Liturgical Calendar Android only (free) While not a thing of beauty, this app form of the Liturgical Calendar contains all the basic information you need each day–season, holy day, feast, saint, liturgical color. Get calendar dates of the seasons, holy days and liturgical feasts. The Liturgical Calendar application is in English language. Developer has stated for quite some time that multiple languages will be added and published in the future. Video promoting this app here.
Variety of Calendars at iCal share (free annual subscriptions) to a variety of calendars that superimpose in your iCal program. Go to their web site and choose the category you’re interested in on the left-hand-column. I chose “religion” and scrolled to “Catholic” to find Roman Catholic Calendar (below). Examples of what you will find: a calendar for Carmelite feast days, a light version of the Roman Catholic Calendar that only includes Sundays, major feasts and solemnities, and a Traditional Roman Catholic Calendar according to the 1962 Missal for both Mass and the Breviary. You have to re-subscribe each year by going back to the site and downloading the next year’s calendar.
Roman Catholic Calendar for iCal–(free annual subscription) A Roman Catholic calendar of feast days, memorials, solemnities and holy days of obligation. Includes links to find out more about saints and feast days of the Church. Very easy to download; it installed itself onto iCal on my Mac. Then I set it to upload on my iOS device at the next sync. iCal share offers free subscriptions to a variety of calendars that superimpose in your iCal program. Go to their web site and choose the category you’re interested in on the left-hand-column. I chose “religion” and scrolled to “Catholic” to find this calendar. You have to re-subscribe each year by going back to the site and downloading the next year’s calendar.
Catholic Days-(Free) — Calculates and displays some of the important days in the liturgical year. Movable feasts like Easter are calculated and displayed for this year, last year and next year. Includes weekend and weekday reading cycles. [Released June 19, 2009.]
Saint of the Day ($2.99) iOS St. Anthony Messenger’s most popular Web feature since 1997 is now available as an iPhone app! Saint of the Day allows you to carry the wisdom of the saints with you everywhere you go. SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio option included; Saints for every day of the year; Revised and updated to include both new and classic saints; Extensive searchable database (by saint or cause); List of patron saints; Interactive calendar
Radio or TV
Download the EWTN app FREE and carry EWTN with you. You can enjoy EWTN Live Streams (TV & Radio), many of the popular TV and Radio shows On Demand, prayers and devotionals, and keep up on the latest Catholic news.
Popular TV & Radio shows you can enjoy:
- EWTN Live (Video On Demand)
- Journey Home (Video On Demand)
- Life on the Rock (Video On Demand)
- Rosary with Mother and the Nuns (Video On Demand)
- Chaplet of Divine Mercy (Video On Demand)
- Open Line (Audio On Demand)
- Register Radio (Audio on Demand)
BONUS! Free RSV-CE Bible text and Book of Mark audio!
The Truth & Life Dramatized audio Bible New Testament for iOS, GooglePlay, KindleFire, EWTN website states this app “is endorsed with an Imprimatur from the Vatican and includes a foreword by Pope Benedict XVI. Voiced by award winning internationally-renowned actors including: Neal McDonough, Kristen Bell, Sean Astin, Michael York, Blaire Underwood, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach, Brian Cox, Julia Ormond, John Rhys-Davies and many more. The Truth & Life audio New Testament is a first of its kind dramatized audio Bible from the RSV-CE. Your download [of EWTN app] includes the FREE RSV-CE text and FREE book of Mark audio.”
Radio Vaticana ($3.99)- iOS only. Vatican news and feature stories– 5 channels with programming in different languages. English is on channels 1 and 4. Difficult to navigate. Connections unreliable.
CatholicTV iOS (Free) Android version here. Watch the daily Mass, the Holy Rosary, a unique reflection for each day and keep abreast of what’s going on at America’s Catholic Television Network. CatholicTV provides inspiring and entertaining programming, faithful to the teaching of the Church.
iCatholicRadio iOS (Free) Android- a Catholic Radio service of Holy Family Communications, a not for profit organization. 24/7 access to solid Catholic teaching, live call-in shows, talk shows, devotionals, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Catholic TV & Radio (Free) iOS - From developer: best of Catholic television and radio broadcasting from the English-speaking world. Enjoy hours of live and recorded programming on Catholic themes and find out what’s going on in our Church around the world. Internet connection required.
Watch LIVE TV on iOS device or Android. This site will let you watch a large selection of channels from the US, UK, France, Germany and Italy—for free. Hmmm. Not sure how long lawyers will allow this to stay up and running. But give it a whirl.
St. Therese carried the Gospel with her at all times near her heart. The Word of God is ALWAYS with you when you have a Bible app on your mobile device.
Publishers Weekly reports: more people are downloading the Bible than the wildly popular Angry Birds app.
Several versions of Catholic Bibles for ALL mobile device platforms are available from Olive Tree Bible Software web site. About.com’s review. See video demo. A desktop version for Mac or PC is also available.
NEW! Lighthouse Catholic Media Bible. (Free with purchase for available options) Apple App Store, on Google Play (the Android Market), and for the Kindle Fire. Nook. From Developers: “…electronic version of the entire RSV-CE Bible, packed with incredible content from various Catholic apostolates intended to bring Sacred Scripture to life! With over 50 purchasable Lighthouse talks on various biblical topics, and FREE audio presentations from Dr. Scott Hahn and the “St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology,” you’ll go deeper into the Scripture than ever before. And now you can also purchase Truth and Life – the award winning “radio drama” of the entire RSV-CE New Testament. Get the whole Gospel of John for FREE! This amazing audio New Testament is endorsed with an Imprimatur from the Vatican and includes a foreword by Pope Benedict XVI.
The Truth & Life Dramatized audio Bible New Testament (Free with this download of EWTN content; a $19.99 value) iOS, GooglePlay, KindleFire, EWTN website states this app “is endorsed with an Imprimatur from the Vatican and includes a foreword by Pope Benedict XVI. Voiced by award winning internationally-renowned actors including: Neal McDonough, Kristen Bell, Sean Astin, Michael York, Blaire Underwood, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach, Brian Cox, Julia Ormond, John Rhys-Davies and many more. The Truth & Life audio New Testament is a first of its kind dramatized audio Bible from the RSV-CE. Your download includes the FREE RSV-CE text and FREE book of Mark audio.”
The Truth & Life Dramatized audio Bible New Testament ($19.99 or separate books $1.99 ea) This version is FREE if downloaded with the EWTN app (above) but this primary version of the app also includes Windows PC and Nook platform version. It is in this primary version of the app. From developer:… a celebrity-voiced “radio drama” of the entire RSV-CE New Testament. Platforms available include iOS, Adroid, Windows PC, Kindle Fire, Nook From Developers: More than 70 actors help bring the scriptures to life in this 22-hour audio production, complete with movie-quality sound effects and an original music score. This award-winning audio New Testament is endorsed with an Imprimatur from the Vatican and including a foreword by Pope Benedict XVI. Voiced by internationally-renowned actors including: Neal McDonough, Stacy Keach, Kristen Bell, Sean Astin, Michael York, Blair Underwood, Malcolm McDowell, Brian Cox, Julia Ormond, John Rhys-Davies and many more.
70 actors – 20 audio engineers – 10 studios over 3 continents – more than 100 media development experts – and 10,000 production hours were needed to create this world-class audio New Testament.
In addition to this amazing audio, the app features:
1. Complete text of RSV-CE synchronized with audio.
2. Go directly to any verse and hear and see the Bible instantly.
3. Use the built in playlist to hear the New Testament in 40 days or in Chronological order.
4. Create your own playlist of verses.
5. Remembers where you left off.
6. Easily fit entire 22 hours of audio on your device.
iMissal Catholic Bible for iOS [iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch] (9.99) This is a TREMENDOUS value considering all that you get with this New American Bible (NABre) which carries an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat from the Catholic Church. No WIFI is necessary, entire Bible is offline (integrated) and available for immediate use. It has all the bells and whistles you want in a Bible app. From the makers of iMissal.
Integrated directly with iMissal so that you can jump from Mass Readings and Bible Verses directly into iMissal Bible for full contextual reference.
* Entire New American Bible (NABre)
* No WIFI necessary
* Works on both iPhone and iPad
* Includes Footnotes and Endnotes
* Fully searchable by word, phrase, verse. Filterable.
* Share scripture via social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Email)
* Multiple Display Modes (Day, Night, Sepia)
* User Font typeface and size selection
* Highlight text using multiple colors
* Book Ribbons
* Verses on separate lines setting
* Multiple Paging Options (flick, vertical and horizontal paging)
* Create your own Notes for later reference
* View FootNotes without interrupting reading flow
* History tracking
* Reading Plans (Coming Soon!)
iPieta.($2.99) Full version in iOS. Android is split up into several lite apps. Contains the Douay-Rheims, Clementine Vulgate (Catholic and public domain) Developer note: Psalms are COMPLETE but numbered as in the Vulgate.
Catholic NABRE Bible on iOS ($1.99)–This is the first major update to the New American Bible (NAB) text in twenty years. You get the COMPLETE Bible and do not need to be connected to the internet to read it. Approved by the USCCB. Can’t beat this price. Font size is adjustable for easier reading.
Laudete (Free) [Formerly "Catholic One"] (Free) iOs and Android. NAB Bible when connected to internet only. It also offers Douay-Rheims Bible which is local so you don’t need to be connected to the internet. This makes for a large file, so they recommend moving the app to your phone’s SD card. This app also includes lots of prayers, Mass readings, rosary…kind of an all-in-one app for easy access to these Catholic prayers/readings/Scripture. Also…Access iCatholicRadio through this app!
The New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABre) ($14.99) Supported on the following platforms/devices:
BlackBerry (with card)
This is the first major update to the New American Bible (NAB) text in twenty years. Includes extensive notes, in-depth introductions to each book, and cross-references give readers an accurate rendering of the biblical texts into modern English. This version includes the deuterocanonical books. Get 3- step Verse Chooser to easily navigate to any verse and word search to quickly find any word in the document.
Catholic Bibles (Free to $24.95) iOS and Android, Kindle, Nook, Mac and PC, Windows, Palm, Symbian. Update your phone with Olive Tree’s Bible Reader software and then choose bibles you want to download from the developer’s web site. Prices range from free to $24.95. Extensive footnotes included. Easy navigation. Elegant interface. Highlight text. Make notes. It has a split-screen capability to view two passages simultaneously. Search capability built in. Check out the developer web site to see video of how this remarkable app works.
Catholic Audio Bible in MP3 format (Trial version is free.) iOS and Android. Requires internet connection. Douay-Reims translation of Latin Vulgate. Nine languages. From developer: “Listen to the entire Catholic Bible, both Old and New Testament. MP3 Catholic Bible allows you to listen to the entire Bible, both Old and New Testament. The readers use the Douay-Rheims translation from the Latin Vulgate. This is the lite version which you can download for free and sample some Scripture chapters. Upgrade to the Pro version to have unlimited access to the complete Old and New Testament. These MP3′s are streamed to your device, not downloaded, so they take up no storage space on your device. A connection is required for the MP3 to play properly.”
Revised Standard Version- ($5.99) iOS only. Catholic Edition a.k.a “Ignatius Bible” ”an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901, which was a revision of the King James Version, published in 1611.” It includes the deuterocanon (seven full books with additions to two others), and explanatory notes. Features: highlight and e-mail text; search word(s); change font size; low-light mode; bookmark; opens to last page read; reading plan.
Mobile Bible Software for advanced Greek and Hebrew Olive Tree Bible Software offers the standard scholarly Greek and Hebrew texts, parsing and morphological information at the touch of a finger, and fast and powerful searches on words or morphologies – developed for all mobile devices. Watch the video to see how it works. This. Will. Blow. Your. Mind.
Apps of this nature are NOT meant to be a substitute for sacramental confession with a priest.
Confession ($1.99) iOS and Android One of the top Catholic apps downloaded on iTunes, Confession has been a finalist in Readers’ Choice Award for best Catholic app and a finalist in the Catholic New Media awards for best Catholic app. Walks Catholics through the sacrament and contains what the developer describes as a “personalized examination of conscience for each user”. Such apps are a systematic aid to assist you in making a good confession. Password protected to help maintain your privacy. It has received a U.S. Bishop’s imprimatur. More info here.
Mea Culpa (Free) iOS devices only on iTunes. Mea Culpa is focused strictly on your examination of conscience. It’s for Catholics who want to make a sincere confession, and recollect as much as possible. Highlights: Use it in the confessional! “An optional confession mode can help you walk through the steps of making a good and valid confession if it’s your first time, or if you are just returning to the sacrament.” You can ask questions via “ask an apologist.” It offers password protection for your notes. Here’s a video showing some of the unique features of this app. Fr. Z’s lengthy review of Mea Culpa offers an objective overview of confession apps in general and Mea Culpa in particular. One reader comments: ““Mea Culpa” is the most detailed (not for the scrupulous) and is the only one that actually badges sins by by number, species, kind. One down side, they don’t actually display under the same commandment in confession mode. Not that big of a deal. The other confession apps are just ‘yes/ no’. Number not included. Strongly advise UNLESS you suffer from scrupulosity, or are of the more ‘progressive’ bent.”
The Confession App ($.99) Android. From developer: “The app was especially designed to be easy to use in the confessional. The font is large and prayers you need to say are in big bold letters. Your sins from the examination page also appear in the first person so you can simply read them. At the very end, you are awarded the enjoyment of pushing the “Erase My Sins” button and are notified that “Your sins have been erased”. Of course, technologically we are referring to the cache on the phone. But if you did receive the sacrament, you can rejoice in your sins sacramental removal as well…The Confession App prepares you in a gentle and comforting way for the Catholic sacrament of Confession (Reconciliation). …You can feel secure because no data is stored to the phone hard drive or to the internet.” Here’s a video of the many features contained in this app.
Laudete [Formerly "Catholic One"] (Free) iOS and Android. This all-in-one app contains an examination of conscience and preparation for confession. Available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski.
Someone asked Fr. Z if one could conceivably have one’s handheld device blessed as the Rosary application is used on it. This is thought to be important in terms of gaining the indulgence attached to praying with a blessed rosary. Fr Z responds.
iRosary ($2.99) iOS. Intuitive use of the traditional rosary. If you are going to purchase one rosary app, this has the most features that address practical needs of praying on a mobile device. It is designed for use right or left-handed so you can hold your device in one hand. Audio clicks and vibration are important because you cannot feel beads, of course, so you need tactile/audio cues to keep focused on your prayer while simultaneously keeping track of your beads if your eyes are closed or if your device is in your pocket.
•Beads which MOVE to the touch
•Create your own PERFECT DESIGN from 243 cross, chain, and bead combinations
•Two sets of FAMOUS ARTWORK
•Text can be RESIZED directly with two fingers for easy reading
•Portrait and LANDSCAPE modes
•English, Spanish, French, and Latin prayers
•Correctly recommends the Mystery to pray based on the LITURGICAL YEAR
•PLEASING sound cues and vibration
•Use with EITHER HAND by moving the beads to the left or the right
•Always REMEMBERS your place
•Uses the same set of prayers listed on the VATICAN website
•The same number of beads as a STANDARD Rosary (between bead prayers fold out)
•Push beads back to return to a PREVIOUS prayer
•The LUMINOUS mysteries can be turned on or off
•Includes the CHAPLET of Divine Mercy and Loreto LITANIES
•A DYNAMIC interface which moves, slides, and rotates to your gestures
Decade Rosary (FREE) Android – Audio and visual rosary for single decade that you can repeat to complete an entire rosary if you choose. But if you only have time for a decade or two, this is ideal.
From developer: “Pray a decade of the rosary anytime and anywhere. This app helps you track the prayers and teaches how to pray a decade of the rosary.” Features:
- MP3 Audio tracks for prayers (Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father, Fatima Prayer)
- Prayer text for the current prayer
- Interactive beads
- Auto play one decade (3 minutes 40 seconds)
- Replay the decades for a full rosary
- Navigation buttons: Next / Previous / Pause / Play / Stop
- Mute / Unmute
- Move app to SD card is supported
Holy Rosary Deluxe ($3.99)–iTunes and Android and Blackberry - Simply gorgeous interface with 5 different modes of counting including your choice of bead versions. Intuitive slide of your finger over the bead image to keep track of your prayers. Divine Mercy Chaplet included. Full text of all prayers included. Audio option for clicking sound and background music. Interface makes it easy to pray with your eyes closed. You can customize this by changing the photos for each mystery using photos in your collection. Resumes where you left off when you return. Adjust the font size. English, Spanish, Italian, French and Latin. There is a “Lite” version of this available for .99. Lacks some customizable features. [released: August, 2008]
My Rosary ($.99) Nook From Developer: Pray the Holy Rosary from your tablet. This app will help guide you in praying the Rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Set to the background of Gregorian music, beautiful pictures and bible verses for each Mystery will help you meditate and reflect. All the prayers and scripture verses for each Mystery are shown (including the Luminous). Easy to use and no prior knowledge of the Rosary is needed, perfect for Catechism students and families wanting to learn the prayers. Catholic bible verses are used for each Mystery. This app will remember where you left off when life interuptions occur, perfect for busy families. Supports both English and Spanish.
Rosary Amen ($2.99) iOS-A reader of this blog alerted me to this multi-lingual Rosary app. I have it for the audio in Latin to help me learn it. I do wish it had audio in Spanish, not just text. Noteworthy highlights:
- 6 languages (English, French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish);
- Prayers audio in 3 languages (English, Latin and Portuguese);
- Correcty recommends the Rosary (Mystery) to pray based on the day of the week;
- vibration feedback at the beginning of each of the five Mysteries (iPhone only), to help you keep track of the Mystery you are praying.
Rosary for Blackberry ($4.99) FEATURES: – Each mystery has an image that helps to reflection of his events. – There is a scripture for each mystery that helps you to meditate about the Jesus Christ life. – Remember the mystery and the prayers that have been prayed the last time. – You can modify the size and font. – Choose Beads. – Choose Crosses.
Holy Rosary Audio iOS only (99 cents) An audio version of the rosary comes in handy when you need someone else to help keep you focused on your prayers…or when you just feel like praying with another voice. But this app comes with more than just the Rosary. Besides a complete Rosary with Text and Audio, you get:
Complete Devine Mercy with Text
Mysteries for each day of the week
Background pictures fitting the Mystery that is being prayed
Graceful interface design
Five different animation themes
Five different background music
Support selecting by day, default as Today
Easy and fast jump to any Rosary bead position
Once installed, an internet connection is NOT required
Rosary of the Hours (.99 cents) iOS only. I love the concept! Description from developer: St. Paul exhorted the young Church to pray always. Over the course of centuries, the Church introduced the Rosary, a simple yet profound prayer for praising God and meditating on the holy mysteries of Christ and His Blessed Mother. Now there is a way to pray the Rosary “around the clock,” whereby a decade, with its own special theme, may be prayed for each of the twenty-four hours of the day. The Rosary of the Hours includes the full, original text of the Rosary of the Hours, as well as a convenient reminder system that can be customized to fit your schedule. You can even post to Facebook and Twitter regarding your prayers, intentions and devotions, allowing you to pray both for and with the universal Church in a new way.
Rosary on Skype A new virtual group all over the world has recently started, praying the Rosary on Skype. Read about it here. Organiser Mrs Kinga Sólyomné Székely, writes: “Every evening at a set time, usually 21.00 UK time, we connect together in groups of 8 -10 people on Skype, via a live conference call, to recite a Rosary (with five Mysteries). Before and after this we might pray other prayers too. According to the report: For further information or to join one of the ‘Virgin Mary’s Smile’ prayer groups, please contact Mrs Kinga Sólyomné Székely on: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 00447413750031.
Divine Mercy app (Free) also contains a beautiful Way of the Cross. Available for Android or iOS. The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who have promoted the authentic message of Divine Mercy since 1941, offer the OFFICIAL Divine Mercy App. This app covers the entire mystery of Divine Mercy–Origin of the devotion, detailed information on messages surrounding the devotion and much more. Easy to navigate in a beautiful display format, you get:
- Interactive Chaplet of Divine Mercy with an audio option
- Detailed explanation of the three ways to observe the Hour of Great Mercy
- Stations of the Cross, complete with images and the text of St. Faustina’s Way of the Cross
- Images of Divine Mercy
- Explanation of the Feast of Divine Mercy, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, complete with answers to frequently asked questions
- Novena to Divine Mercy and other popular Divine Mercy prayers…and more!
Laudete [Formerly "Catholic One"](Free) iOs and Android. This probably is the #1 free Catholic app because it is the most comprehensive. Available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski. Daily Mass Readings, New American Bible,Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy (on Rosary screen), Stations of the Cross, various prayers and prayers in Latin with English translation. Podcast for Rosary and Stations. Daily Meditations. Podcasts of Daily Readings and meditations. Launcher for iCatholicRadio. Ability to bookmark prayers and create own categorized prayers. Export/Import for prayers. NAB Bible when connected to internet only. It also offers Douay-Rheims Bible which is local so you don’t need to be connected to the internet. This makes for a large file, so they recommend moving the app to your phone’s SD card. This app also includes lots of prayers, Mass readings, rosary…kind of an all-in-one app for easy access to these Catholic prayers/readings/Scripture. Here’s another review from a user.
Need Prayer (Free) Android only. Need a priest to pray for you? A Catholic priest has an app for that and welcomes you to contact him via this format. From developer: This app is primarily for people who need prayer. You can submit your prayer intentions to Father Rosado, a Catholic priest who will pray for you. Please do not mention anything illegal in your prayer intention. With this app you can also follow Father Rosado on social media and call him.
Prayer List iOS-($1.99) tracks your prayer requests. Password protected–an important element! At first this did not strike me as very useful. It is not a fancy application, by any means. But it’s usefulness has grown on me. You list by group and by individuals under a particular group. In this you can add your own photos (I like looking at people for whom I’m praying). So, I started jotting down circumstances and people for whom I promised to pray. It turns out, I had completely forgotten some folks. This serves as a healthy reminder. When I’m traveling, waiting in line, you know those unoccupied moments–I can open this app and focus on one or two intentions. [released March 28, 2009]
Patron Saints iOS ($1.99)-Light a candle and pray with bells in the background. Top 100 patron saints w/ info. complete with bio., a prayer and artwork for each. But that’s not all…you get chimes to play as you pray…you can e-mail this info because it’s connected to your address book AND you can include your own message …AND light an animated candle…AND track that candle for that saint all over the globe in real time on a global map revealing everyone else praying to that saint for intercession using this app too. How cool is that?! HOWEVER I note that St. John Vianney is NOT among the saints. This app seem gimmicky? Yes, but in a well-done way. I do not find myself using this app often, but when I do, it is a delightful escape.
Each Evotion is its own app based on one saint. So, you have to download/pay for them individually. These prayer apps are packed with image galleries, streaming video, and push notifications for praying novenas. The apps also feature common prayers, introductions by well-known Catholics, and writings on the tradition and history of each saint and blessed. You get to customize your novena experience; receive reminder alerts for saying your novenas; use prayers by and for the saint or blessed. We tried two of these:
Catholic Meditations on Purgatory (Free) iOS only [iPhone/iTouch/iPad on iOS 7 or later] To encourage you to pray for the holy souls in Purgatory, this app offers daily devotions for a period of one month with notifications (you set the time) to help you to remember. According to developers, content is based on the book, “The Devout Year” by Rev. RF Clarke, SJ., and includes points of Catholic doctrine regarding Purgatory and the dire need to pray for those souls awaiting Heaven. “On many questions respecting Purgatory, vague and even false notions are very common among Catholics. It is the object [of this content] to instruct unto justice as well as to lead to the practice of good works.” [book quote in app's introduction] You can choose from various meditations offered (like “How to avoid Purgatory”) or go to the daily, randomly selected meditation. Central to the app is Psalm 130, “De Profundis,” a traditional penitential psalm. Each meditation walks you through three points and then the subsequent adoration, reflex action on yourself, petition, resolution, colloquies and conclusion. Appreciated is the option to email, Twitter, Facebook, text message content. You can also copy content to paste. Text zoom available.
3-Minute Retreat on iOS ($.99)–Loyola Press’s highly popular 3-Minute Retreat is available for iPhone or SECOND generation iPod Touch and iPad. Loyola’s web site has full overview of this app. “Enjoy a daily reflective prayer retreat wherever you are… Each day, a new retreat featuring soothing music, Scripture verses, and reflective thoughts and questions comes your way…meaningful time with God is always just a touch away.” You control the pace of the retreat. English.
iMissal ($4.99) in iOS format. Android and Blackberry Contains a wide variety of Catholic prayers and devotions like the Rosary. With this app you also get an excellent daily missal (English 3rd ed.), a Catholic news feed (requires internet to access) and daily Scripture verses.
Prayer app on iOS ($3.99)–Easy-to-use, multi-language Christian Prayers database. The ultimate reference to Catholic Prayers for your iPhone and iPod Touch! Keep handy all of the Common Prayers listed in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and many more in English, Latin (oooh!), Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Year of Faith
My Year of Faith (.99 cents) iOS and Android - Designed as an interactive way for you to participate in the Year of Faith, this app offers daily challenges for you. Could be a prayer to say, a song to listen to, a sermon to hear. It is accompanied each day with a little lesson about the Catholic faith. From Developer: “Visit each day during this Year of Faith for a new post to help you learn your Catholic faith, love it more deeply and live it with passion! Download the mobile app for an interactive Year of Faith calendar, complete with daily challenges, suggested reading, and the ability to set reminders and sync with your other mobile calendars.” Customizable with ability for you to add your own calendar of events along with event reminders.
Wake Up to the Creed (.99) iOS and Android - This is an alarm which recites the Nicene Creed as your wakeup call. During the Year of Faith in 2012-13, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI recommended that every Catholic pray the Nicene Creed daily. From Developer: The Nicene Creed was formally established at the Council of Nicea in AD 325. For nearly 1700 years, Catholic Christians have lived and died for these powerful words! We pray the Creed together every Sunday at Mass, and now you can make it part of your daily prayer life. This app includes:
- An alarm clock with beautiful chiming bells
- Several reverent readings of the Creed – follow along, or simply listen and enjoy
- Readings with or without background music
- English, Spanish, French, Polish and even Latin!
Start your day with the profession of your Catholic faith, before your feet ever hit the floor! “I
believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth…”
Catechism of the Catholic Church added to iPieta ($2.99) and Laudete (Free) for iOS and Android. It is available as a web view display of the Catechism published on the Vatican web site. Internet connection required. There is NO app available for the Catechism of the Catholic Church due to copyright issues. This is the only way you can view it using an app. Kindle via Amazon $9.95 offers an e-book version, but the online text is difficult, if not impossible, to read on a smartphone; Free On-line version here. Other catechisms available on iPieta are Baltimore Catechisms #1, #2, & #3; Catechism of Christian Doctrine, the Roman Catechism and Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Word on Fire (Free) iOS. Catholic evangelization. This app is in a class by itself. Spawned from the popular web site of the same name, Word on Fire offers daily blogs, articles, commentaries and over ten years of weekly sermon podcasts by the ministry’s founder, Father Robert Barron from Chicago. Fr. Barron is also the creator and host of the groundbreaking, global ten-part documentary series, CATHOLICISM . Solid teaching in a relaxed, casual style that is easy to understand. His instruction is approachable and engaging.
Many Catholic apps (including free apps) that include various prayers also include 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. Below are a few that are popularly recommended.
Way of the Cross ($1.99) iOS and Android . Traditional stations with scripture passages and Reflections from the pope’s Good Friday Way of the Cross public prayer 2006-2011. From Developer: “In the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II directed an annual public prayer of the Stations of the Cross at the Roman Colosseum on Good Friday. Originally, the Pope himself carried the cross from station to station, but in his last years when age and infirmity limited his strength, John Paul presided over the celebration from a stage on the Palatine Hill, while others carried the cross… Each year a different person is invited to write the meditation texts for the Stations.”. Choose the version (year) you wish to use. This app would be greatly enhanced with reflections composed by Joseph Card. Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, for the 2005 Good Friday observance at the Colosseum in Rome. [Listen to Fr Z's podcast for an audio version].This app allows for landscape viewing in addition to portrait. You can enlarge both the text (for easy reading!) and photos. English & Spanish.
iStations ($1.99) Android and iOS. Traditional stations and the St. Alphonsus Liguori devotional text. For most people, that’s all they ask for. But you get more–There is an audio version imbedded. In that case, bring your ear buds if you’re in church. If you are not in church, the app helps to simulate the experience by providing beautiful traditional art depicting the stations for you to use in your private prayer. Two traditional methods, including a Franciscan method. Also, text of traditional prayers in English and Latin.
Brand New! Magnificat Lenten Companion 2013 (.99 cents) iOS format only. Day-by-day format includes daily liturgy, prayer, meditations, penance service, devotional prayers and much more. The Magnificat Lenten Companion is also available as an eBook. Here’s a review.
Xt3 Lent Calendar for 2013 ($1.99) iOS and Android. from Developer: “This calendar is a Catholic resource suited for youth groups, parishes, schools, or your own personal Lenten journey. Each day you will see a new feature, including the daily mass readings and a bible quote, a multimedia item of interest, and a small act of penance that you might chose to add to your Lenten commitments. The content for each day is hidden until you reach each particular day of Lent… The important Feast Days during Lent are highlighted with a Cross.”
Virtual Advent Wreath ($.99) iOS. This is my favorite advent wreath app. It is as realistic as it gets. No prayers, a little background music (you can turn off). You light the realistic candles in a lovely low-light setting and just pray on your own. Peaceful and serene. The flames respond to rotation of the device. And you can blow the candle(s) out–literally. I’m serious! So cool. I despise all the ads at the opening, but once you’re in the virtual wreath, it’s just you and your candles. I have had this on in the middle of the night when I just want to pray a bit. Extremely realistic – and safer than the real thing.
Advent Wreath ($.99) Android. This app misses the fancy, realistic graphic punch we have come to expect in apps these days but, hey, it works if all you need is a simple Advent wreath in the palm of your hand. From developer: ”Touch the wicks to light the candles and enjoy the peaceful, soothing flickering of the flames. Easily gather your friends and family for your very own Advent Wreath lighting no matter how busy you are.” Here’s a cool feature: the candles slowly burn down as the days of Advent pass by. You also have the option to turn the burn rate up for a more dramatic effect.
Advent Companion ’12 ($.99) iOS. From the Magnificat people, a version of their popular devotional book/app just for Advent. For serious followers of Advent who want a precise calendar tied to the actual liturgical days in a day-by-day format. Fully loaded with morning, evening, and night prayers inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours; Scripture readings and prayers of each daily Mass; daily original meditations on the Gospel. Also: essays, blessings, an Advent Penance Service, poetry, reproductions of sacred art masterpieces, and Advent Stations. Fr. Z’s review expresses his concern about lack of material consistent with the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.
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, below are 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.
Venerable Fulton Sheen Audio Library (Free- lite version with select recordings to listen to)($9.99 upgrade for complete version) iOS and Android is an MP3 collection of 284 talks given by the great 20th Century pioneer Catholic televangelist. You can upgrade by purchasing the full version to have access to 284 talks!
Catholic Education in audio format- (Free trial) iOS and Android formats. CatholicMP3Vault digitalized an entire library of Catholic audio recordings from the past offering you a wide variety of instruction on topics such as Catholic teaching, history, the saints, church fathers, actual Fulton Sheen homilies and lectures, and much more. The free trial includes limited recordings in a variety of topics. Browse their collection. Internet connection required to run the recordings.
MP3 Cardinal Newman (Free) iOS and Android. From developer: Listen to almost 200 sermons of the recently beautified great Catholic preacher and writer, John Henry Cardinal Newman, on Scripture themes, Feast Days, and many subjects having to do with the human experience, Church teaching, and spiritual growth. Download the app for free and sample talks in each category listing. Upgrade to the full version to have unlimited access to the complete library of talks. Internet connection required to access audio files; yet, because they’re not downloaded, it saves space on your hard drive.
Free Books! Google eBookStore (Free) books available in full view in public domain; fully searchable by name, author, topic. You can build a collection on an electronic shelf with your downloads. Your search may bring you to books which are only available in partial views with no full download available. Frank Weathers has created an electronic shelf within GoogleBooks that is shy of 1,000 titles available in fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry from a Catholic/Christian perspective.
Check out St. Joseph’s Software’s links to a catalogue of Catholic resources, documents, biographies, devotions etc. in a variety of e-book formats. An incredible selection of free books.
Kindle for iPhone (FREE)
Kindle for Android (FREE)
Kindle for Blackberry (FREE)
Nook Reader for iOS, Android, Windows 8
as of May 2013 you’ll be able to install Amazon’s Kindle app on a Nook and read books you’ve purchased from Amazon. Apps you bought from Barnes & Noble will be marked with an “n” label (for Nook). See this article.
Books within their own single apps.
Life of St. Francis of Assisi ($1.99) Blackberry. The Life of St. Francis by Fr. Candide Chalippe is packed with an easy to use functional book reader which means you can download the app and start reading. Full-length e-book.
Ignio (Free) iTunes download- 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.
Skype (FREE) for all mobile devices. You can use Skype-to-Skype, IM and global calls from Skype mobile™ don’t use your wireless plan minutes. The app itself is free and lets you make calls and chat with other Skypers over WiFi networks. Skype mobile™ is ‘always on’, so answer Skype calls anytime. Texting is available locally or internationally.
Misc. Catholic Apps
Mass Times (Free)- 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.
Recordatio iOS only. Okay- your mobile device is not truly Catholicized without the Pope. So, here you go. All the papal encyclicals for the last 50 years! Lots of Church documents including the documents of Vatican II. Many prayers categorized for ease of selection. Updated to include Anglicanorum Coetibus for Anglicans entering into full communion and Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland.
Catholic Quiz ($2.99) iOS- This is a trivia game for all things Catholic. Interesting concept. There are rewards based on correct responses. 0000h! Just like Catholic school!
United States Politics
Visible Vote (FREE) iOS devices [iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch] Android and Blackberry formats. For Catholics in the United States. As Catholics, it is our duty to pay close attention to what is going on in the political sphere. Are there bills and movements being introduced into Congress that are undermining our Christian and Catholic values? This app helps the everyday person to have access to bills in congress and the option to communicate to your representative your opinion. Visible Vote gives an overview of a bill, its costs and what its main goals are, as well as a link to the bill itself so that the average person can read the entire thing! It is also possible to vote for or against a particular bill, including bills that have already passed, and Visible Vote will then send a weekly update to your states congressmen/women with how you voted. You can send a message or call your rep directly through your phone. See demo video
The CatholicVote (Free) iOS and Android-For Catholics in the United States. This app gives you a new way to let your voice be heard in politics. Receive CatholicVote Action Alerts instantly on your smartphone. Contact your Representatives in Washington directly through your mobile device. Don’t know who your representatives are? No problem. There’s a look-up feature right in the CatholicVote App. From the Developer: “CatholicVote is lay movement, foremost, of committed Catholics who are passionate about living out the truths proclaimed by Christ and His Church in the modern world. CatholicVote is also a community of patriotic Americans who believe our nation’s founding principles are good and true, and worth fighting for. Using the latest techonology, Catholic Vote Mobile will help mobilize and unify the Catholic voting community.”
Pewsitter (Free) iOS and Android– this is an app version of the popular Catholic news website that relies upon user generated content and traditional media sources. The site features audio, video and print news items. If you are interested in keeping up to date on what is happening in “Catholic World,” this app is essential. Based on the ground-breaking Drudge Report format, it offers up-to-date news, sometimes within minutes of it occurring anywhere in the world. From Developer: Pewsitter is the largest Catholic news site on the web. We are a world wide news portal for information about the Catholic Church, religion in general, and about the culture wars of the day. Updated several times daily, we sort more than 2000 stories per day and publish only the most relevant and up to date articles on the site. The Pewsitter app provides convenient access to the stories on Pewsitter in a format optimized for your phone or other mobile device.
Pope2you.net (Free) – The Vatican’s very own iPhone/iPodTouch app distributes audio and video reports exclusively in eight different languages, including Chinese. It is “the first application of video news dedicated to the Catholic world, through which you can follow the travels and speeches of Benedict XVI” as well as major Vatican events, the Pope2You site says. The news clips of the pope and the Vatican are the same ones currently offered on the Vatican’s video channel on YouTube. So, it’s a duplication of what the Vatican is already doing on the internet–it just is now capable of coming through your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad within an app. The video comes in a nice display on the screen. I was able to switch it to English–no problem. You need internet/phone connection to operate this app.
Catholic News Live ($.99) iOS and Android. Read through all the latest Catholic news and opinion from around the world. You can view the news in a list or on a map, and share stories with your friends through Facebook, Twitter, and other services. You can even send stories to Instapaper or Read It Later if you’d like! CNL culls news from hundreds of different Catholic websites on your mobile device, and lets you view and share news and blog posts directly from the source. The news feed includes some of the more popular Catholic blogs. Content is biased towards Catholic orthodoxy in adherence to the teaching Magisterium of the Church in unity with the US Catholic bishops and the Pope. If content found in sources like National Catholic Reporter or America Magazine are more to your tastes, look elsewhere.
iMissal ($4.99) in iOS format. Android and Blackberry Contains a Catholic news feed in addition to the complete Roman Missal (English 3rd Edition), big collection of prayers and daily Scripture readings. Requires internet access for the news feed.
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)
Kindle for iPhone
Rosary Miracle Prayer
Saint a Day
St Josemaria Escriva
Stations of the Cross
The Catholic Game
The Traditional Way
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!)