Tech Talk: 13 Essential Catholic Apps

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This column wasn’t my idea. It’s inspired by two women in my life, one of whom has a new iPad, and the other of whom asked about Catholic apps for her son’s iPod Touch.

My favorite Catholic apps, the ones that I touch so often they get their own folder on my dock. I never want them far from me.

I do have a whole screen/page of Catholic apps, mind you.

And I have a folder of apps I need to check out for review. (This is almost as good as the bulging shelf of books to review. Almost.)

Let’s start with the folder on my dock, pictured below, what I’ll call my Essential Catholic Apps. Here’s what it includes:

  • Notes (comes standard on iPad)- I keep a list of my current prayer intentions, my personalized litany, and any other special prayer requests here.
  • Consecration (Total Consecration) – I started Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary using this app, which I reviewed a while back. It’s in this folder because it’s something I use daily right now. When I’m no longer going through Total Consecration, I’ll move it to my Catholic screen.
  • Magnificat (Magnificat, US Edition) – Years ago, I had a subscription to Magnificat magazine. I talked myself out of it because I purchased other materials to pray the Divine Office. But after enjoying the Advent app so much, I decided to subscribe again. I’m so glad I did! I so enjoy this as a resource–I don’t have time to use it completely, but I do read at least the daily Mass readings and reflections for each day.
  • Mary’s Psalter (Catholic Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary) – There are 150 devotions and I’ve found myself, as I work my way slowly through it, learning and growing in my devotion to Mary. Read my earlier review of this app.
  • Lent (Catholic Meditations for Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas) – I was on the fence about using this app (I didn’t want to set myself up for failure), but I’m enjoying it so far. Each day of Lent has a meditation based on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. There’s a very handy reminder, too. This is another app that will rotate out of this folder when I’m done using it on a daily basis.
  • iMissal – There are quite a few different ways you can read the Mass readings. I use iMissal in different ways during different seasons of my life, but right now, it’s for the Sunday readings. I try to read them daily, but some weeks I only get to them a few times before the weekend Mass. It helps me when I’m distracted and juggling a thousand things during Mass to be familiar with the readings already. There’s an audio option as well, and a number of other uses for this app. It’s one of my favorites.
  • Divine Office – I’m in a “not praying the Divine Office” stretch right now, but I refuse to move this app out of this folder just yet, because it remains one of my all-time favorites. Not only is the audio well-done (and optional!), but the design is simply beautiful.
  • Prayers (Prayers 2000+ Catholic Prayers) – My one-stop prayer stop. It rocks.
  • Confession – My priest isn’t even surprised that I use this during confession. I haven’t completely learned the prayers (after ten years, I have no excuse, I know), and it does help me to use the app and stay focused.
  • iRosary – Still my favorite rosary app, even now that I have a whole folder on another screen of rosary apps. Read my review of rosary apps.
  • Rosary (Scriptural Rosary) – Still the only scriptural rosary app out there, and not a bad one by far.
  • Rosary Audio – I love that this app includes an audio feature, in addition to the interactive rosary features. Also a favorite, and the settings can make it a different experience every time you pray it.
  • iPieta – Though it’s not as fancy-looking as many of my other Catholic apps, it’s awesome for its content, usefulness, and general Catholicity. Worth the money, hands down.

When I do a novena that has an app associated with it, I’ll add it to this folder as well.

There are more Catholic apps on my iPad, but these are the “top 13″ right now.

YOUR TURN: What are YOUR essential Catholic apps?

Copyright 2012 Sarah Reinhard

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  1. Thank you for these! I do have Rosary Audio on my ipod, which I love. I have been looking for other appropriate apps but find it hard to seach. Thanks again!

  2. I use iPieta and really like it except for two things…it takes a ton of space (and unless I did something wrong when I downloaded the audio, all the prayers are intermixed with my songs, which makes it kind of awkward when you’re listening to music). Also, the man who recorded the prayers says “woman” instead of “women” in the Hail Mary. I am used to it now, but it took a while and drove me nuts. The good thing about iPieta is it’s pretty much the only prayer app you need, encompassing the bible as well.

    Love the Magnificat, too, and Audio Scriptural Rosary, as well as several podcast scriptural rosaries.

  3. “Angelus Lite” app – you can set it to remind you to pray the Angelus, pray the prayers in English or Latin. It’s a terrific little reminder every day for me.

  4. I love the Magnificat app and the Magnificat Lenten Companion. Other good apps include Universalis (the app is called RC Calendar on my screen), which gives you the Liturgy of the Hours for the day. Divine Mercy is a nice one also.

    • I second the Catholic Directory. Also something I have found convenient is to “Add to home screen” all the mass times pages of local churches and put them in one folder on my Catholic Page

  5. Novena to Mary App was released on Mar 1st
    It is a great Novena to Our Lady Undoer of knots!!!! I love it!

  6. I have an app for the Droid called Laudate. It was formerly known as Catholic One. It contains the Liturgy of the Hours, daily readings, rosary, stations of the cross, prayers including Latin prayers plus the NAB and DR Bibles.

  7. The ignio app is like a spiritual Facebook…it includes the mass readings and helps you connect to Catholics around the world. They keep you accountable and focusing on others.

  8. filiusdextris on

    Is there an app (even for laptops) that does nothing but leave a crucifix floating on the screen? I would really appreciate that. (The only option would be one to choose which crucifix – e.g., San Damiano, Velazquez, St. John of the Cross, etc.)

  9. The Divine Office app is actually for the defective Liturgy of the Hours. A better Divine Office is the Roman Breviary, although the language is New King Jamesish and stultified

  10. I have Answers4Catholics (iPhone). It is an apologetics app that covers many topics, refutes Protestant ‘proof texts’, supplies Scriptural (and Church Fathers) support for Catholic doctrine, and has videos and other resources.

  11. Universalis. Has the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily Mass readings (includes the New Testament readings in both English and Greek , and the Order of Mass (in both English and Latin), plus a calendar with information about selected Saints or the Solemnity of the day.

  12. I recommend iBreviary. It has the Liturgy of the Hours with the new translations, a daily missal and a bunch of other prayers and stuff. It’s all very pleasing to the eyes. Best of all, IT’S FREE! Although it wouldn’t hurt to donate a few bucks now and then. Thanks for the list of apps.

  13. Diane Duggan on

    I found the Catholic NAB for my IPhone. It’s great. You can read the bible any time. Thanks for your suggestions. I had some and downloaded some others.

  14. Just joining the app-o-holics over here! I use the Divine Office app daily, as well as iMissal. Can’t wait to explore some of the other ones listed here.

  15. Hi all!

    Love those apps you all have mentioned, some of them i havent even heard of before. Will try them surely!

    But i have a treat for you all also- a new app/interactive book for iPad also, it`s called “Little Ace and the Ten Commandments”. Check it out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-ace-ten-commandments/id481298715?mt=8

    The Book is an ideal interactive tool for parents to help them easily and amusingly introduce biblical principles to kids.

  16. Fran Gaspari on

    There is a site on the web for perpetual adoration…
    http://www.savior.org
    Savior.org’s mission is that of increasing awareness and devotion to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. We also seek to bring the live image of His living Presence to the homebound, the workplace, and to remote areas around the world.

    You must have JavaScript enabled on your browser to be able to view the live image.

  17. Great post! I recently started an app database for Catholics called Catholic Apps.com (http://catholicapps.com) and while I’ve reviewed a few of these apps, others I will most definitely include for more reviews. Thanks a lot! Also, I noticed a few people called themselves “app-aholics” The goal of catholicapps.com is to bring together end users and developers to build better and better Catholic apps. If anyone is interested in helping this project any assistance or reviews are welcomed and encouraged! In fact, users are invited to rate the apps right on catholic apps.com so people can see what others thought based on various categories. Great post!

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  20. (Word On Fire) I love this app. Father Barron has taught me so many lessons.
    I think this app is a must for all Catholics.
    Also, Does anyone know if there is an AUDIO Catholic Bible App?

    • EWTN has an app that includes a full Bible text, plus a great audio of the Gospel of Mark — plus live radio streams in several languages, audio and video on demand, and news. All that is free. For $20 you can also get the audio for the rest of the N.T. The audio is very well done, with professional actors and occasional sound affects, which really add to the experience — my kids loved listening to it. ewtnapps.com

  21. I’ve create an game for kids (from 2 to 7) to learn the vocabulary of Christmas. I’ve added some around the nativity (stable, Jesus, Mary, Joseph …).

    Ligth version : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.aetys.game.noel.light
    Paid version : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.aetys.game.noel.paid

    It helps me to speak with my kids around the nativity. It’s actually only google play but it will be soon on iThunes.

    Hope it will help others mums :)

  22. Joseph Dietrick on

    Does anyone know where to find good Catholic apps that can be put on a website so that we can promote our Catholic Faith to people that visit our website?

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  25. Hi Sarah, i am a recent convert, Easter Vigil 2015. I love the Laudate ap and use it daily for the readings, reflections and rosary but they all require cell or Internet service. Do you know of any aps available for download rather than on-line for these three items? I have an opportunity to travel where there will be spotty wifi and cell service and I don’t want to lose my hour of prayer time!
    Thank you!

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