Must-Have Catholic Apps

If you are new to using Catholic apps, let’s start with the basics. Begin by downloading a Swiss Army-type app that comes loaded with many useful Catholic apps and special features all in one package. There are a few to choose from based on your type of device and platform. After you choose one of those “essential” all-in-one Catholic apps below, then shop for others that fit your particular needs and interests. 

Laudate  (Free) Apple | Android| Kindle Fire–Laudate touts itself as the #1 free Catholic app. That’s probably because it is the most fully loaded app at this, um, price point. It is hands-down the best value in a Catholic app and certainly worthy of residing on your mobile device given all its many useful Catholic resources. Indeed, most of the hard-core Catholic app users we’ve interviewed have this app on their mobile devices. Available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski, Slovenian and many texts and resources in Latin. You get:

  • Daily Mass Readings and Order of Mass for both Ordinary Form and Extraordinary form of the Mass
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church- (as well as the Compendium) as a web view display of the Catechism published on the Vatican web site. Internet connection required.
  •  Liturgy of the Hours- includes text for all the hours for the day. NOTE: The English text is the British version, so it may not match up with texts of others if you are praying in a group.
  • Traditional Roman Breviary (1960) with split screen Latin/English.
  • New American Bible; NAB Bible when connected to internet only. It also offers Douay-Rheims Bible which is local so you don’t need to be connected to the internet. This makes for a large file, so they recommend moving the app to your phone’s SD card
  • Complete library of all the modern era’s Church Documents including all the documents of Vatican II
  • Confession app
  • Pinch/Zoom capability
  • Link to Pope App
  • Rosary with a Podcast for Rosary and Stations of the Cross and Latin Rosary
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy (on Rosary screen)
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation) preparation with examination of conscience
  • Various prayers and prayers in Latin with English translation
  • A Prayer for Religious Freedom
  • Daily Meditations.
  • Podcasts of Daily Readings and meditations with ability to bookmark them
  • Launcher for iCatholicRadio
  • Ability to bookmark prayers and podcasts and create your own categorized prayers. Export/Import for prayers.

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iPieta ($.99) Full version in Apple | Android version is split up into several lite apps. This major app is loaded with liturgical, catechetical and spiritual resources:

  • Bibles: The Douay-Rheims and Latin Vulgate Bibles (searchable; highlight text; Bible commentary imbedded). Complete New Testament in audio format.
  • Catechisms: Catechism of the Catholic Church is offered as a web view display of the Catechism published on the Vatican web site. Internet connection required. There are NO apps with the text of the CCC imbedded due to copyright/translation issues. This is the only way you can view it using an app.  [Kindle version via Amazon $9.95] Free on line in English here. Other catechisms available on this app are Baltimore Catechisms #1, #2, & #3; Catechism of Christian Doctrine; the Roman Catechism; Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Calendar for Ordinary Roman Calendar and Extraordinary Roman Calendar (1962) in English and Latin. Comes with Saint of the Day, Liturgical readings. Audio version of Gospel readings available.
  • Numerous devotions and prayers including a version of the Little Office of Our Lady, the 33-Day Total Consecration Preparation, Novenas to the Holy Spirit and to the Divine Mercy, St. Alphonsus Stations of the Cross, and the St. Bridget 1-Year and 12-Year Prayers. Many prayers are available in audio format if you choose to download them. You can selectively download what you wish.
  • Library of spiritual writings by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, the Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas, the Imitation of Christ, Introduction to Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, selections by St. Jean-Marie Vianney, and the Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa. The Summa (apart from the Supplement) is also in Latin.
  • Butler’s Lives of the Saints (with optional audio included)
  • Papal Encyclicals
  • Ecumenical Council Documents
  • Audio – the whole New Testament, Psalms, many many prayers, Butler’s Lives of the Saints
  • Scriptural passages for meditating on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary
  • Examination of Conscience in preparation for Sacrament of Reconcilliation (Confession)

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Catholic-Mega-appCatholic Mega App (Free) Apple | Android Imagine jotting down all the very basic apps and web sites and blogs and podcasts and liturgical books and Catholic apologetics and prayers that you would want on your mobile device. That list might well match the offerings in the appropriately-named Catholic Mega App which bundled all those items and even more into their product. And like Catholic Apptitude, they concentrated on linking only the very best resources out there for you. So, you don’t just get any old Liturgy of the Hours, for instance, you get the popular iBreviary and links. That is considerate, indeed. Let’s open up this free gift and see what’s inside: Order of Mass, daily readings, Breviary, reading reflections, interactive Rosary, Stations of the Cross, the Confession App [the same developer],  NABRE Catholic Bible, links to popular Catholic blogs and web sites, pro-life-resources, youth ministry resources, link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and many prayers. Then it throws in a bunch of interactive social media options like a prayer wall, discussion board, a photo gallery input option, and links to Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest accounts of the Catholic celebrities–Pope Francis, US bishops and EWTN. Whew! And navigation is easily accomplished by holding your phone in one hand and using one thumb (Thumbs up to that!) The downside? Because most all of the resources are linked, you have to be connected to the internet to use most features of this app (other than the note pad). But for the price, this app is well worth the real estate it takes on your mobile device. Go ahead and consider it as the first all-in-one app you download IF your device is constantly connected to the internet.

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Catholics-companion Catholic’s Companion Windows Phone (Free or .99 cents) The free version has ads. Precious few apps are available for this format, but this one will hold you over until more come on the scene for the Windows Phone. It is most comprehensive as an all-in-one Catholic app. From Developer: “This application has everything a Catholic needs. It is an app that is meant to help you grow in your faith. This app hold many different resources like the most common prayers, the rosary, the bible, an audio bible, daily mass readings, mass online, prayer reminders, journals, news and a breviary! You can read a daily bible verse and get information on a daily saint! You can search for local parishes and much much more!” On WindowsPhone 8 the content downloads are exceptionally fast.



pocket-CatholicPocket Catholic  (Free) Android. This is not as elaborate as some of the apps listed above, but for the price, it’s worth a look if you need limited features and want to save memory space. You get:

  • a searchable list of common Catholic prayers
  • search for Catholic churches near you based on your phone’s current location.
  • a handy Note Pad area
  • Daily Mass Readings
  • listen to the Catholic Radio Station EWTN which you can stream while using other apps

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catholic-droidCatholic Droid (Free) Android- This is a bare essentials app that contains access to several Bibles on line; a rosary that vibrates in place of touching beads; an examination of conscience to help you make a good confession;  a bunch of prayers; and faith formation elements like 10 Commandments, gifts of the Holy Spirit and the sacraments. Think of it as a lite version of the other featured apps above. The benefit  to you is less memory taken up on your device.

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Disclaimer… To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to visit the links provided to read up on the details of the apps you are interested in. We include apps in this site because they contain certain functions or elements worthy of consideration. But the individual apps may not exactly fit your needs. The more information you look up, the less likely you will be disappointed in your purchase.

25 Comments on “Must-Have Catholic Apps”

  1. Arvind Martin
    October 19, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Stumbled upon this page. Its great!! Reviews of all the Catholic apps …. on one site! Thanks Jennifer Kane!

  2. November 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm #


    I just wanted to point out that the Catholic Mega App no longer has advertising on the top of pages. I wonder if you could check that out and be so kind as to update the above post.

    Thanks so much.

    • November 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      Thanks for alerting us to the update which we deleted from the overview. Blessings!
      Catholic Apptitude

  3. December 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi Jennifer, if you have the time, would you mind taking a look at my app. It’s for Android, but I hope to bring it to iPhone soon. It’s called Catholic Pocket Prayer, available here:

    Thanking you kindly, David.

    • Silvia
      January 23, 2020 at 10:30 pm #

      Thank you, Dave -Dahaper – for the Catholic Pocket Prayer,


      • June 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

        You know, this app is jam-packed with foundational catechetical materials, including the great elements of gospel teaching we should put to memory like the beatitudes, gifts of the Holy Spirit, spiritual and corporal works of mercy, 10 Commandments, cardinal virtues etc. This is in addition to the great categories of prayer from which we can select. A comprehensive collection of good Catholic teaching that so many people have not taken the time to learn or were simply not exposed to. And yes, that includes the 10 Commandments, unfortunately. Nice resource. Is it only available for Android format?

  4. Jennifer C. Grayson
    March 4, 2015 at 1:08 am #

    Thank you so much for providing this information. I found Catholic Apptitude when reviewing Prayer Journal apps on Google Play. One particular app was “one of top 3 apps recommended by Catholic Apptitude.” That peaked my interest in finding this site. Just reading your editorial about what is included within these “all in one” apps, warmed my spirit! Thank you so very much for your wonderful work.

    • March 9, 2015 at 1:36 am #

      Thank you for your kind words. So glad this web site is of help to you! Enjoy the blessings of this holy season of transformation and grace.

  5. Patricia
    June 10, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    The Mega App is only available in I tunes? is there an android version? I cannot afford an iPhone.

  6. July 29, 2015 at 2:16 am #

    Hi Jennifer. May I humbly introduce a prayer app that was launched internationally recently by the Redemptorist Congregation, Bread4Today. The below link to a Vatican site gives an overview of the app as well a youtube video of what the app is all about. Thanks for your time.

  7. August 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    I’d like to let you know about the Catholic Playlist app, which is an app that fans of contemporary Christian music will enjoy. The Catholic Playlist is a weekly podcast and radio show that plays the best and newest CCM music from Cathoilc artists only. So many listeners have reported discovering music and artists they never knew about.


    Jeff, Host of the Catholic Playlist Show

  8. Delia
    September 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    So glad I finally found catholic apps.thank y Louie

  9. Emilly Stone
    October 1, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Dear friends I would like to recommend an application to see and share chrsitian images on your phone.

  10. January 27, 2016 at 1:13 am #

    Hello all I recommend my apps: Prayer Book for Android: and iOS:

  11. August 9, 2016 at 2:53 am #

    Can you please recommend an ap ( preferably free ) where I can follow the Old rite Mass daily .

  12. August 9, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    Thank you for your help.

  13. Mike Stark
    December 9, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    I believe you forgot the best one yet:
    Let me know if you agree. God Bless you.

    • December 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

      Love that app! We feature it under Bible Apps but, yes, Bible is essential and that’s a great app. Thanks for the enthusiastic recommendation.

  14. Liv
    January 29, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

    Are there any Catholic apps that will send you a piece of scripture daily? Looking for something compatible with Apple products. Thanks in advance!

    • January 30, 2017 at 2:24 am #

      Oh yes! There are a few. Right now I just use the free My Parish App. It is for parishes which you can pick based on your location. If yours isn’t listed, just pick any one. A new scripture reading for the day is delivered daily on the home screen and you can have it sent via push notification at a particular time to your device if you want.

  15. Giuseppe
    September 19, 2017 at 3:03 am #

    Hi, I found this app which is very good. Every day there’s a different prayer:
    There’s also a daily reminder to help me to remember to pray God in my busy life. Super!


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