7 Essential Catholic Apps

10 Best Catholic Apps

Here is a list of 7 great apps for Catholics. Most of them are available on multiple platforms and devices. Here are the desciptions provided by their respective publishers and a link to download each. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, and there are many more great Catholic Apps out there! Feel free to leave your additional recommendations in the comments area below.


1. Divine Office


Designed to be very simple to use, this audio version of the Liturgy of the Hours includes scripture readings, psalms and prayers for several times (hours) of each day. The Divine Office App is an opportunity for you to participate in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient and meditative collection of psalms, hymns and scripture that represent the public prayer of the Christian community.


2. iMissal Catholic (Mass Reading, Calendar, Lectionary)


iMissal has been granted an official Imprimatur from the Catholic Church and is approved for use! In addition, iMissal is the only Catholic app of its kind that does not require WIFI/Cellular to access Mass Readings! You get access to Mass Readings for any day of the year.


3. Confession: A Roman Catholic App


Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find Confession: A Roman Catholic App to be a useful and inviting tool.

The text of this app was developed in collaboration with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Rev. Daniel Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN. The app received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend. It is the first known imprimatur to be given for an iPhone/iPad app.

4. The Pope App


An app By Pontificium Consilium de Communicationibus Socialibus focused on the figure of the Pope. It will allow you to follow his events live and to set up alerts notifying you when papal events begin.

It will also give you access to all official papal-related content in a variety of formats: news and official speeches, galleries with the latest images and videos, access to his calendar, and links to other services of the Holy See.

Additionally, the app will let you see key areas of the Vatican through webcams distributed throughout St. Peter’s Square that are always broadcasting images.

5. Laudate


The most popular and most comprehensive free Catholic App . Daily Mass Readings (with Saint of the Day and Reflections). Liturgy of Hours, New American Bible, interactive Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Latin Rosary, Stations of the Cross, searchable prayers and latin prayers with English translation. Douay-Rheims Bible for offline use. Multiple podcasts for daily meditations and Rosary. Catechism of Catholic Church with ability to bookmark and share. My Prayers lets you store your own prayers and move them between iPad and iPhone. Confession guides through sacrament of reconciliation. Vatican documents: 2nd Vatican Council, Code of Canon Law and more.

6. iRosary


You are connected to the world around you with e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instant Messaging, and more. Are you connected to God? If you are like most Catholics, it’s difficult to find time to pray during your busy day. If you would like to change that, we made iRosary for you.

Got a few minutes waiting in line? iRosary turns this into time with God. Built for your busy lifestyle, iRosary works like a traditional Rosary, but tells you the prayers, remembers your place, and is always with you when you need it.

7. iMass (with 1962 Missal)


iMass makes it possible to view Holy Mass each day directly on your iPhone. The Mass is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter at Christ the King Catholic Church in Sarasota, Florida, USA. The app also provides the text of the Mass of the day according to the 1962 Missal, making it useful as a missal for the participation at Mass.



  1. Wow, $20 for the Divine Office is pricey.You are better of going to the Divine Office website and using your computer instead of IPad.

  2. The IMissal is a great app and my Parish Priest allows me to use it in Mass because I can’t see the printed Missals anymore.The IPad makes the fonts in the IMissal big enough for people with low vision. You can follow the whole Mass or Just the readings in Large Print. Just set it up for that days Mass at home. Take it to Mass and no wifi needed in church.

  3. I would offer a vote for the Universalis app as an alternative to the Divine Office app. Doesn’t offer the audio, but that isn’t always a help anyway. What is does have in its favour is the fact that once purchased (costs about £10) all the readings are always stored, offline. Never need to connect and download a week at a time, it is always there, when needed.

    Additionally, another app that is worth way more than the £2 charged, is iPieta. It is an absolute goldmine, and is in my opinion *the* must-have app for all Catholics. Quite a hefty download, but means almost everything is stored offline. I htink only the links to the CCC need a web connection.

  4. It costs about $20 for the Shorter Christian Prayer. If you are in a community that says some of the prayers together it makes sense to get it since the version online uses a different translation. My church does Morning and Evening prayer with the daily masses, plus I’m a 3rd order Dominican. It’s been the best $20 I’ve spent.

  5. how about an app, which has very relevant topics. like what is the holy spirit? how to answer the protestant questions? why is the bible chained in the old days?
    and things like that .

  6. iBreviary. Definitely the best Liturgy of the Hours app. The audio of the Divine Office app is a great idea…but the reading is overly-dramatic and awkwardly emotional. Feels like performance not prayer. Quite distracting. It would be better if they just recorded a large group praying.