Research shows that as many as half of all Catholics in the United States aren’t actively involved in a parish. So if you’re one of those looking for a Catholic church to attend Mass for Easter, the Catholic app world can help! This Easter, there are no excuses. If you’re looking for a Catholic church to enjoy the beauty, splendor and mystery of Christ’s resurrection, you’ve got an app willing to help get you there.
Mass Times (Free)- iOS [Android coming soon] From Developer: Traveling? Need to find the nearest church, its Mass schedule, and map/directions? The Catholic Directory App will help you quickly find all this and more — the nearest churches, Mass times, web sites, maps, directions, staff, bulletins, and other important information. And to make it even better, it’s all FREE of charge! This App replaces the highly rated original Mass Times Catholic Church Finder, but is now FREE of charge and includes several upgrades. It’s now even easier to find the nearest church, their Mass schedule, and map/directions when traveling. Powered by TheCatholicDirectory.com. See video of how the app works.
Mass Times for Travel (Free) iOS and Android The developers at MassTimes.org say they host and share the most comprehensive database of Catholic churches and worship times in existence. This fuels their website and app which provides worship times, church locations, contact information, website links and maps covering 117,000 churches in 201 countries/territories.
Looking for a more personally engaging app that actually connects you with a local parish? The app, One Parish, is designed to help you do just that, even if it’s a virtual one!
First, let’s talk about the real parish you’re looking for. Open One Parish [(Free) iOSand Android] and a geo-locator map shows all the Catholic churches in your area. The app insists that you choose a parish before your proceed any further. Once you are connected to a parish, it’s YOURS (unless you wish to change it, which is easy to do). In your parish’s portal, you have all the information you need to start engagement–most notably a Mass schedule, contact information and a link to the parish web site. Because this app is relatively new, not all parishes are up and running with other elements on the app like a parish directory and pastor’s message. But the information at hand is quick to find, and you should have what you need to select a place and time for Easter Mass. Do double-check with the parish web site for accurate schedules as many parishes do not keep updated with the national program (Mass Times) which collects their data.
Of course, it is important to go beyond your Easter experience. Or perhaps you already are engaged with your local parish but are looking for something to help deepen your faith life or get more involved with the parish community. That’s where the educational elements of One Parish come in to help. Hit the “Daily Faith” tab and you’ll get Mass Readings and Saint of the Day information. Enjoy listening to or watching video of enriching homilies and reflections from the popular Word on Fire ministries. Perhaps the pastor at your parish posted a reflection–he can do that through this app if his parish is connected. And you can listen to Catholic Talk Radio programming and read Twitter messages from Pope Francis (even if you don’t have a Twitter account). While there are other apps out there with more faith content, this one gathers components of actual parish life with an actual faith community that is meaningful to you. If your parish is affiliated with One Parish, you will see detailed content on the families involved in that church, the parish’s calendar of events, a means of making your donation through the app’s donation portal and much more.