Looking for a Swiss Army knife type of app to get you started?
- • 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
- 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
Laudete [Formerly "Catholic One"] (Free) iOS and Android. 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. You get:
- Daily Mass Readings
- 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
- 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.
Catholic’s Companion Windows Phone (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. A Catholic’s Companion. 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. It has 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!
iMissal- iTunes download ($4.99) Android version is here. Blackberry version is here. As the title implies, this app contains Ordinary form of the Roman Catholic Mass and includes the New Missal (3rd Edition). Internet connection not needed to access the Missal. But it contains much more than just the Missal. Here’s a link explaining all the features of this great app which comes fully loaded including Our Daily Bread; audio readings (requires internet connection) which can aid lectors with pronunciation, HQ video of Mass from CatholicTV (need internet connection), and much more.
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 (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. You 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.
- Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, mobile version, widgets. Click here to access the web version on your web-based device like Kindle (must be connected to internet).
With iPad it can be used in place of the traditional missal on the altar if you are without your Sacramentary. But world-wide, the debate on the appropriateness of this use continues. Some priests object to using a mobile device 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 mobile device use in the sanctuary 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.