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.

SEE ALSO: How the iPad Can Influence Your Faith

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.

CNMC Presentation – Digital Strategy and Why You Need One

I had the pleasure speaking in Dallas, TX at the Catholic New Media Conference. I spoke about Digital Strategy and how the Church needs to use the same tactics/tools that major Fortune 500 brands do—because the Catholic Church is a major brand. Hopefully my talk inspired those needing help with a digital strategy in their Catholic parish or organization.

If you couldn’t make it, or want to get all listen to all the talks again, I suggest buying the CNMC Virtual Ticket. This will give you access to the audio recordings of all the sessions that were held over the three days of the conference, plus exclusive bonus interviews with many of the speakers and attendees.

SEE ALSO: Reaching the Mobile Generation – My 2013 #CNMC Presentation & Recap

While you wait to receive your download for that, you can download a PDF of my slides or view the deck I presented below:

[UPDATE]: Check it, I was interviewed by Catholic TV about the CNMC and what SQPN does for the Catholic New Media community.

Facebook FINALLY Speeds up Its iOS App

I knew this day would come and I’m so happy it’s finally hear. Facebook issued a major update to its iOS app today, with app version 5.0. Facebook describes the app as being “rebuilt so it’s faster and easier to use.”

It’s no secret that Facebook’s iOS app was horrendously slow. Once a poster child for how to design a great mobile app, it has faced alot of criticism in the past 18 months. Part of the reason it was so slow was because of the old apps use of HTML5. While HTML 5 is great to build cross-platform mobile-friendly web pages, it is not a good way to make an iOS app.

So basically, Facebook had to go back and rewrite the whole thing from scratch. The Facebook mobile rebuilt it using the Objective-C programming language, which essentially makes better use of the iPhone hardware and focuses on the advantages of using a native application, rather than rendering Facebook items in the app using Web data.

Anyway, you can download Facebook for iOS [iTunes link] from the App Store.

(For more nerdy deets, look at Facebook’s engineering blog.)

Using Social Media to Create an Engaging Religious Conference Experience (for the RCMA)

Today I had the opportunity to merge my passions of faith and digital marketing at the Kansas City Convention Center. I was approached by the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA)–a faith-based, nonprofit, international association composed exclusively of religious meeting professionals. I shared my learnings from helping plan the 2009 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). In addition to discussing the NCYC case study, my talk focused on creating an integrated digital marketing approach. I explained how social media can help facilitate a more engaging conference experience before, during and after an event. I felt incredibly blessed and humbled to present and I want to publicly thank the RCMA for inviting me.
Many attendees requested to get a copy of my slides, so if you are interested you can access them here.

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Trends: When Did Tebowing become Cool?

I’m not really sure when this became mainstream, but Tebowing is now a hip trend (and even has its own Facebook page). If you haven’t heard of this meme, I’ll enlighten you.

Tebowing means (as defined by tebowing.com) to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different. The term is derrived from the Denver Bronco’s quarterback Tim Tebow.

I found this fantastic picture from my friends over at the Southern Fried Catholicism blog, and it just makes me smile. I’m proud to be original (I mean) Catholic.

Catholics Tebowing First
Got to love Catholic memes.

Who Knew Shaving Was so Much Fun? (pictures)

Last month I decided to grow a beard. Why? Well a group of guys at my company were participating in Movember. Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity where the goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”

Instead of looking creepy for a whole month I decided to grow a beard. I have now had my beard for two months and decided to shave for my friend Michael’s wedding. So while removing my glorious manly beard, I thought I’d have some fun. Enjoy the pictures below.

 

 

Merry Christmas 2011

Hello family and friends,

I hope this message finds you doing well. This year has been incredible, a lot has changed but I have been tremendously blessed. (Read about what I’ve been up to here) A lot of you are to thank for all the wonderful moments, accomplishments, and everyday happenings this year. Since I can’t send cards to everyone I have made a special Christmas video to wish you good cheer during this wonderful season. Enjoy my video, and may you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year. Also, feel free to leave your Christmas wishes below.

God bless,

~Pat


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