Catholic iPhone Apps

Top 5 Best Catholic iPhone Apps

I’ve compiled a list of the top five best Catholic iPhone apps in the App Store:

iPieta (Catholic Teaching, Calendar and Prayer) – $2.99

This will be the best $0.99 you ever spend. This app is so packed with so much Catholic awesomeness you won’t know where to begin. How much awesomeness you ask? In addition to being available in Spanish and German, here’s a short preview:

  • Daily readings from the Douay-Rheims & Vulgate
  • Both the Ordinary (Novus Ordo) and the Extraordinary (or Traditional/Tridentine) Calendars
  • Numerous devotions and prayers
  • Baltimore Catechism #1 – 3, Papal Encyclicals and Cociliar Documents, plus Fathers of the Church (Erdman’s collection)
  • The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas Kempis
  • The Rule of Saint Benedict
  • Examination of Conscience
  • And just for good measure, the Summa Theologica, by St. Thomas Aquinas.

Catholic iPhone Apps

The Catholic Directory – free

This is probably the app I use the most because I’m terrible at remembering mass times. My favorite feature is that you can find churches by using your current location. This is super helpful when traveling, or when your schedule requires you to find another parish to go to mass/confession. The only down side of this app is that it requires parishes or users to help keep the information up-to-date. As an added bonus, they have added the daily readings.

Laudate – free

Similar to iPieta, this is a Catholic mashup app. Laudate has the daily readings plus the saint of the day. It includes the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, multiple podcasts for daily meditation and the New American Bible. My two favorite features are the gospel reflections and the interactive rosary. For those of you who don’t have a Magnificat subscription, these reflections are a wonderful free alternative. True, you will get odd looks when you whip your iPhone out after communion (it happens to me all the time). Just be confident in the fact that you’re not texting or tweeting but rockin’ some deep meditation. For those onlookers, this is a good time to introduce them to the 21st century when mass is over.

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iBreviary – free

If there was only one app I could recommend to priests this would be it. iBreviary brings the traditional Catholic prayers/rituals and all the texts of the Liturgy to your iPhone. Originally conceived by Fr. Paolo Padrini in Italy, this app is available in English, Italian, French, Latin, Spanish and also for the iPad and Android.

“What’s that Father? Oh, you forgot all the texts needed to celebrate mass. No worries I have my iPhone.” iBreviary includes:

  • Liturgy of the Hours (Roman and Ambrosian Rite)
  • Roman and Ambrosian Missal
  • Mass readings for the current day (full lectionary)
  • Missal and Breviary for the celebrations of the Saints. (also the commons)
  • Main prayers of the Catholic tradition
  • About Saints Day (short bio and picture)
  • The ability to load up to 10 days to use off-line
  • Ordinary of the Mass and rituals according to the Vetus Ordo of 1962.
Divine Office – Audio Prayer – Liturgy of the Hours – $19.99

This is the best app for praying the Liturgy of the Hours. When you’re on the go this app gives you an opportunity to take part in reciting the Liturgy of the Hours–the public prayer of the Christian community. Made by Surgeworks, it has a beautiful user interface and is very simple to use. It is also available on the iPad, Mac, Android and Kindle Fire. It includes the audio version of the Liturgy of the Hours, scripture readings, psalms and prayers. 

Don’t see your favorite app on the list?

Share your favorite Catholic iPhone apps in the comments below. These are just some of the great Catholic iPhone apps out there.

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  • reliefME

    another app that is similar in thought with a great new idea is reliefME 
    download for iOS @ bit.ly/reliefME 

    • Thanks, but this isn’t really a Catholic iPhone/iPad app.

  • Universalis is a great app too. It is an app which has the readings of the masses of the week as well as Sundays and feastdays. It also includes the order of the mass, prefaces, and eucharistic prayers.

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  • Isabella Rose

    I know it is a few years sine your post, but FYI in case anyone reads this now: iPieta is now .99 cents. :)