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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 three 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 (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. Click the link above to browse those apps that are popularly recommended.
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.
The very best Roman Catholic Missal apps are listed at the link above. All the apps we recommend are in English but some of them offer other language options including Latin. 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.) These apps are designed for use 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).
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.
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. 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 all the various tools are listed as well. Click the link above to get started.
Publishers Weekly reports: more people are downloading the Bible than the wildly popular Angry Birds app.
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. Click link above to begin your search for the prayer app right for you and compatible with your device.
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 from Catholic Answers is 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. Leading headlines from around the world and in the United States.
Live television and radio from leading Catholic broadcast and internet networks in the United States and via Vatican Radio.
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.
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.
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 ($2.99) iOS- This is a trivia game for all things Catholic. Interesting concept. There are rewards based on correct responses. 0000h! Just like Catholic school!
United States Politics
Visible Vote (FREE) iOS devices [iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch] Android and Blackberry formats. For Catholics in the United States. As Catholics, it is our duty to pay close attention to what is going on in the political sphere. Are there bills and movements being introduced into Congress that are undermining our Christian and Catholic values? This app helps the everyday person to have access to bills in congress and the option to communicate to your representative your opinion. Visible Vote gives an overview of a bill, its costs and what its main goals are, as well as a link to the bill itself so that the average person can read the entire thing! It is also possible to vote for or against a particular bill, including bills that have already passed, and Visible Vote will then send a weekly update to your states congressmen/women with how you voted. You can send a message or call your rep directly through your phone. See demo video
The CatholicVote (Free) iOS and Android-For Catholics in the United States. This app gives you a new way to let your voice be heard in politics. Receive CatholicVote Action Alerts instantly on your smartphone. Contact your Representatives in Washington directly through your mobile device. Don’t know who your representatives are? No problem. There’s a look-up feature right in the CatholicVote App. From the Developer: “CatholicVote is lay movement, foremost, of committed Catholics who are passionate about living out the truths proclaimed by Christ and His Church in the modern world. CatholicVote is also a community of patriotic Americans who believe our nation’s founding principles are good and true, and worth fighting for. Using the latest techonology, Catholic Vote Mobile will help mobilize and unify the Catholic voting community.
Advent Companion 2013 ($.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
Prepare for Christmas with a little Advent devotion on-the-go! Load nifty wreaths on 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.
Advent Wreath Live ($.99) Android only. Live Advent wreath wallpaper From developer: Beautiful 3D rendering counts down the days until Christmas in style. Candles sync to your device calendar and burn down as the weeks of Advent pass. Note: This is a Live Wallpaper, not an app. After installing, long press on your Home Screen to access the Live Wallpaper chooser.
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!)