Here is my annual roundup of Catholic Apps from this past year, and wishing you a blessed New Year!
2015 has offered a number of new and updated apps for Catholics:
Fra Angelico and the Masters of the Light HD – iOS only ($3.99)
- a study of the 22 Masterpieces from the artist Fra Angelico
The Victory App – App created by LifeTeen to address pornography issue (iOS & Android) – FREE
- The fight for freedom from pornography is a battle you can win. But, every battle needs a plan. The Victory app provides a strategic battle plan for liberty in the struggle against pornography.
Institute of Catholic Culture App – (iOS only) – FREE
- Audio & Video lectures from leading teachers and theologians of the Catholic Faith.
- Excellent adult catechesis
The Catholic Church Mobile App from USCCB (iOS & Android) – FREE – for one year
- Mobile support for vatican, parish, parishioners, and diocese
- More functions and support are expected to be released in January 2016
Friar Smartphone App by US Franciscans – Order of Friars Minor – (iOS & Android) FREE
- News from the Order of Friars Minor in America
- Post your prayers to be included with friars at their prayer times
Popemoji App from Aleteia (iOS & Android) FREE
- Developed for Pope Francis’ visit to America
- Spread the hope and joy of Pope Francis with these fun and inspirational Popemojis
- Updated at Christmas with new Popemojis
My Picture Missal App by Loyola Press – (iOS – for iPad) $2.99
- This app was developed for children with special needs and for young children. With a choice of English or Spanish, all children can learn, understand, and fully experience the Mass. When used at Mass, it’s a great tool to help children follow along step-by-step and join in appropriately and reverently.
Audio Catholic Kids – (iOS) FREE
- It features Biblical episodes as well as testimonies, so that kids can understand the Catholic faith and get ready for their First Communion.
- This app was especially created for parents and Religion teachers. All its contents are available in audio format, so that children and adult can listen to it in the car, at home or at school.
Hola Jesús! Rezar con los niños. (Hello Jesus) – SPANISH ONLY (iOS & Android) – FREE
- Teaches three to eight year old children how to pray. It features videos that explain the lives of saints and also songs about the parables. Its creator is the Spanish priest and prolific author, Jose Pedro Manglano.
Wants and Needs App – (iOS Only) – 99 cents
- Track your wants
- Prioritize your needs
- Discover the Blessings in Your Life
Pauline App — (iOS only) FREE
- Reference for media resources from Pauline Media — books, music, and videos from the Daughters of St. Paul
- Bookstore locations across America
App of Note:
The Divine Office App is currently available for 50% discount for iOS & Android until January 6th – it offers a great audio and print edition of the Daily Office (Liturgy of the Hours) website
John Clem, O.F.S is the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/). John is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and loves to share his talents in faith, technology, and journalism in service to the church. John also writes a blog entitled Call To Holiness (http://www.calltoholiness.