2012 has been a year with many new or updated Apps introduced to help enhance our Catholic Faith. It is a year marked with a huge increase in people using mobile devices to use the internet. 2013 is now called the “Crossover Year” because it marks the first time that more people will be getting their information from the internet on mobile devices than on desktop computers. Catholic Apps are responding to the needs of prayer, study, catechesis, and communication. Pope Benedict is even hopping on board and should be releasing his own App very soon…will keep you posted on any updates.
Note: Apps are marked for compatibility for A (Apple) B (Blackberry) or D (Droid)
Here are links to some of the best Catholic Apps of 2012:
3-Minute Retreat – A, D, $0.99 3-Minutes of music, photos, and prayer for contemplation every day. Updated with retina display graphics. From Loyola Press.
Encyclopedia of Angels – A, $0.99 a list and history of angels from Judeo-Christian, Christian, Islamic, Mormonism, and Zoroastrianism writings.
Angelus Pro – A, FREE pray the Angelus, includes videos from Pope Benedict XVI
Catholic TV & Radio – A, FREE, many Catholic TV & Radio stations available through this App: including EWTN, Catholic TV, Ave Maria Radio and many more.
CCC Vote – A, D, FREE, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, a Catholic voters guide based on the USCCB Faithful Citizenship.
CNL – A, D $0.99 Catholic News Live — combines many Catholic news outlets into one spot, including this blog and many others.
Confirmation Names – A, $0.99 assits with selecting a confirmation name. By Our Sunday Visitor.
Consecration – A, 33-Day Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Prayers, preparation, and calendar.
Divine Mercy App – A, D, FREE, Biography of St. Faustina, prayers, Way of the Cross, from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.
FlockNote – A, D, FREE, a subscriber system for parishes that offers a great communication and social system.
iPadre – A, D, $1.99, podcast by Father Jay Finelli of Rhode Island, updated with internet links
iPieta – A, D, $2.99, Great reference with Norvus Ordo Calendar, Bible, Prayers, and many Catholic books by saints and popes. English and Spanish available. Additions in 2012. More at my: iPieta Blog entry
John Paul II – A, D FREE, e-Votions–Bl. John Paul II photos, videos, and prayers
Laudate – A, D, FREE, NAB-Bible, Daily Readings, Rosary, Prayers, Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, and Catechism & Added the Vatican II documents in 2012.
LCM – A, D, FREE Lighthouse Catholic Media, audio Bible, some are free, and 50+ talks are available for a modest fee.
Mary – A, D, FREE many resources about Blessed Mother Mary including prayers, dogmas, rosary, feasts, apparitions, and pilgrimage sites. From the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.
Prayers – A, D, $1.99 The Prayer app features over 2,000 Catholic Prayers in English, Latin, Italian, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese. (Also supports Kindle Fire)
Saints Names for Your Baby – A, $0.99 Assists with naming your baby from Our Sunday Visitor.
Year of Faith – A, D, $0.99 My Year of Faith App offers daily inspirational writers each day.
I would also like to recommend to parents that they read this article from Catholic Mom that offers advice about setting up devices for parental controls:
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I will repost my blog from last Christmas as it still has many good stories and music to share: