Pretty self-explanatory post – these are my favorite Catholic apps. My goal was to get the most bang for my buck only without spending any bucks. So far this is the best free package I have been able to put together – and honestly I have not seen much better in the paid apps (except Verbum – see below).
I use Android/Google, so those will be the ones I choose from – but if there is an iPhone/Apple version I will link to it with an apple button.
If you get only one Catholic app, make it Laudate. Available in numerous languages, Laudate includes the Douay-Rheims and New American Bibles, the Catechism, Daily Mass Readings, Order of Mass, Liturgy of Hours, Rosary, numerous Chaplets, Stations of the Cross, Saint of the Day, Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), and many prayers in Latin and English (customizable), Second Vatican documents, Code of Canon Law, and Papal Encyclical letters. And that’s just some of the texts! It also has podcasts for Rosary, Stations, Daily Meditations, Daily Readings with read-along text and meditations.
I almost did not include this handy little app simply because it added no additional material to my current array, but Pocket Catholic turned out to be so handy I had to keep it. What it offers is not more data, but much easier access to the stuff one commonly uses throughout a normal week (Mass responses/prayers/creed, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Our Father, Stations,Mysteries, Act of Contrition, St. Michael prayer, Dolors of Mary) without having to scroll or push through multiple levels to get there. Think of Laudate (above) as your hard drive, and Pocket Catholic as your desktop. It’s great for new Catholics too because it basically limits itself to the things “you’re supposed to know” – like a Catholic cheat sheet!
Verbum is a LOGOS package filled with Catholic resources and the best library software in the world. The free app version comes with several books: Bibles (DR, KJV, Vulgate, Greek NT, etc.), the Catholic Lectionary, the Catechism, Lives of the Saints, Denzinger’s Sources of Catholic Dogma, Thomas a Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ, Newman’s An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, and many more. Whatever books you add (pay for) only make the app better.
Catholic Droid is a sort of stripped-down version of Laudate (above), but it comes with a decent click-and-store examination of conscience function that spells out your confession for you in real time, plus more graphically-interesting features (like a tactile rosary!). The confession app I actually use this:
Confession is a very helpful app for making a good confession. It starts with a Ten Commandments-based examination of conscience configured to age, sex, and vocation, and personal items can be added. The simple checkbox list automatically converts into an easily-read confession. The app is password protected for each user. One thoughtful feature is that it runs with lit text on a black background, so it’s not blinding if you are in a dark confessional. It was developed with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy and Rev. Dan Scheidt, and it holds the first known imprimatur to be given for an Android app.
NOTE: Since this posting the app has apparently become so popular that it is no longer free (it’s $2).
There are many rosary apps, I like Interactive Rosary because it is simple and I like the lady’s voice that says the prayers. Instead of just text, this app reads the rosary out loud, so it’s great for beginners or drivers who like to keep both hands on the wheel.
Catholic Directory Mass Times
Catholic Directory Mass Times is just that: an app that finds parishes and mass times based on a given location (GPS or entered) and/or language. Great for travel or when you suddenly remember it’s a day of obligation and you missed your parish’s time!
So that’s my setup.