For this month’s 7 Quick Takes, I decided to ask the ink slingers about their favorite Catholic smartphone apps and compile a list of our top seven. As busy moms, many of these apps provide us with ways to get to a variety of prayers quickly and/or aid us in our daily prayer life. There are many, many options out there and most of these apps are available for a variety of handheld devices. Please share some of your favorite apps in the comments! We are always looking for more.
So without further ado, the results of our highly unscientific, informal ink slingers poll:
#7 The Psalms
Ink slinger Charla shared this app on the Psalms as one of her favorites. Created by Black Mountain Apps and available for free, it received one vote in our highly unscientific poll. The app divides the Psalms into groups by topics such as glory, mercy, trust, thanksgiving, and more. I’ve already downloaded it to check it out more and it may become one of my favorite apps soon, too. Available on Apple devises.
#6 Bible Douay-Rheims
Martina’s favorite app is this Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible app by VerseWise. It also received 1 vote in our informal poll. Selling at $1.99, Martina says she loves the footnotes in this one and, of course, the translation. Available for Apple devises.
And as a bonus, Martina didn’t want to forget to add in her other favorite app, Confession. It not only contains a thorough examen, it also keeps track of your last confession and contains lots of prayers. Available on Apple devises for $1.99.
Another favorite app of Charla’s is iMissal and it received 2 votes in our poll. At a cost of $5.00 Charla tells us it is completely worth it. Her favorite features are the saint profiles and the calendars. For more information check out the iMissal website.
#4 Holy Rosary Audio
Ink slinger Birgit shared this Rosary app as one of her favorites and it received 2 votes in our informal (and did I mention highly unscientific) poll. This app comes in at a cost of only $0.99. Birgit shared that it allows her to be able to say the Rosary along with the audio, it uses the customary schedule for the mysteries for each day of the week, and has really great meditations at the beginning of each mystery. She uses it daily, especially when driving or just before bed. This app is available for Apple devices.
As for me, Kerri, my favorite app is this Mary app created by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, MA. It received 3 votes in our unscientific, informal poll. My favorite feature is the audio Rosary that is built in. It was great to turn it on and pray along while I held two bottles and fed my twin sons. I didn’t have to worry about beads or losing my place. The app contains so much more as well and is a great one-stop shop for almost anything Mary related. It is a free app and only seems to be available for Apple devices at this time.
As a bonus, check out the Divine Mercy app, also created by the Marians and also free.
Looking for an app that has seemingly every prayer imaginable? Look no further than Brittany’s favorite app, Laudate. This one received 3 votes in our highly unscientific, and yes, informal poll. Brittany said it was impossible to list all her favorite features. It contains the daily Mass readings, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, changes to the Roman Missal, and a huge list of prayers in both English and Latin. It also has a Catholic Media tab that links to a bunch of other Catholic Media, including EWTN, Catholic TV, and more. This is also a free app and available on both Apple and Android devices.
#1 Mass Times
Birgit also shared Mass Times as one of her favorite apps and it received 5 votes in our poll (you know the highly unscientific, informal one?). Birgit said that she loves this app because no matter where you are you can find a Mass nearby. A must have for traveling! The app is free and available for both Apple and Andriod devices and has a web version as well.
Tell us, what are your favorite Catholic apps and why?
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Kerri Baunach is a Catholic wife and mother of three boys (plus three in heaven). She and her family live in beautiful central Kentucky where she is active in her church, a member of Cursillo, and a Benedictine Oblate. Kerri often writes on her Catholic faith, pregnancy loss, her kids, and pro-life issues. Kerri is a former music librarian (16 years) now stay-at-home mom, was a musician for over 20 years, loves taking her kids to the library (and loves that they love it), is passionately pro-life, can’t cook, and has lived in six states. In additional to writing at Catholic Sistas you can also find Kerri on her own blog at Journal of a Nobody.