New out from Illuminating the Best is the recently released “Follow Along with the Mass” app for Android. Here’s an overview from the app’s publisher:
“Follow Along With The Mass”, our flagship application, was designed to help families more fully engage with the Catholic Mass. Our development and design team is made up of parents who wanted to help their kids come to love the Mass as much as they did. Equally important was the desire to pass on a love of helping others. Kids love technology, and will spend hours exploring apps, so why not bring our faith and love of charity to them through an interactive application? Our app runs on the Android OS, which means that devices most families have, such as phones, tablets, and Nook and Kindle e-readers can run our application.
If you are looking for a great supplement to your current At Home Religious Education Program, here it is! The app can be used during Mass, but it can also be used to help young children and families learn the faith at home! For only $1.99, this is a resource that belongs in every home!
Our application is published with the approval of the Committee on Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a testament to our app’s depth and quality. We are looking ahead to ways our “Follow Along” applications can assist families in celebrating the milestones of the faith. In addition, we can work with parishes individually to create a plug-in for “Follow Along With The Mass” to meet their community’s needs.
We are thrilled to announce that we have released a “Parish Edition” and a “Free Version” of “Follow Along With The Mass”! The “Parish Edition” can be displayed on external screens, such as a TV screen in an RE class, or on the big screens during Mass so everyone can “Follow Along”!
I enjoyed testing Follow Along with the Mass but must honestly admit the my jury is still out on using a device actually IN Mass. I’m a big techie, but I’d be hesitant to use my new Android phone in place of a missal. The value I see in this app is using it as a training tool for ourselves and our children either before or after Mass. Especially with little ones, while the information contained in this app will educate and enhance the Mass experience by illuminating the various parts of the liturgy, I still feel that the temptation to click away from the app and “play” on one’s phone or tablet would be too great. So I’ll enjoy using the app, but will leave my phone in my purse at Mass.
A question for you: Would you use an app like this one in Mass?
Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey