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From Little i Apps comes some truly beautiful apps. The Blessed JPII app includes video, reflection, prayers, and a novena. This app is free, while St. Gianna and St. Joseph are available for just 99 cents. The St. Gianna app really makes you feel like sainthood is attainable when you see photos of St. Gianna – just an ordinary wife and mother.
The eVotions apps are available in the App store and the Android market.
I confess that when I first heard of Confession by Little iApps, I was more than skeptical. After all, right in their press release it states that the app was, “designed to be used in the confessional.”
As one who is proud to never bring my phone into the Lord’s house with me, I started out feeling uneasy about this app. The thought of bringing along a phone or iPod to confession just feels…wrong.
However, once I looked into the app, I have to admit that it is wonderful. I would still not want to bring it into the confessional with me, however, to do an examination of conscience nightly, and certainly at home before heading to Confession seems like a wonderful idea. I was half expecting that as you select sins from the examination of conscious it would prompt you with similar faults, however, it works just as a regular examination of conscience would and just has a check list.
Most of all I was highly impressed to find the developer commenting on this article by the National Catholic Register to clear up the misconception that the application was developed by priests. Very classy.
At $1.99 in the App Store, I say Confession is well worth the price tag.
According to The Washington Post, the iPhone is nothing to write home about. (Can you hear me now? Nope, you’re using an iPhone.) But certainly Apple didn’t get so many devotees by accident. Or have they? And putting the iPhone on Verizon’s network could change a lot.
So the million dollar question is: are you loyal to your phone, or your network? Are all you Droidians willing to toss your Droid out on the street in favor of an iPhone now that you can have it on the Verizon network? Or are you loyal to your Droid and going to stick by it while you wait for the app world to start showing up on your market?
If all you want to do is read sermons and prayers, than the Gloria app for iPhone and iPod touch might be for you. It does also include blessings for your Advent wreath, Christmas tree, manager scene, even Christmas gifts. I still rather prefer the Advent ‘O8 app for the Advent calendar quality.
Not a bad little app for 99 cents.
Microsoft has now opened its doors to developers. This means any developer willing to pay the fee could develop apps for the new Windows 7 phone. Droid by far has the least inexpensive license for developers. This is obviously a double-edged sword; there’s a reason the Apple applications are so beautiful and well built.
Rumor has it that Tuesday could bring the release of an iPhone by Verizon. What could this mean for Catholic apps? Technology is always changing, and the competitive market can only translate to more and better apps being built.
As for me, I’d just be happy to be able to have Catholic Mass Times on my phone. I’m sure the Lord appreciates me habitually being thirty minutes early for Sunday Mass whenever I’m visiting family (you’d think I’d have learned by now that the local Mass is 9:30 a.m. but you’d be wrong) but I would love this application.
Maybe Santa will bring me an iPod touch.
Catholic iPhone.com is the site for the “Answers for Catholics” app on iPhone and iPad. It has a great list of the Catholic apps available on the iPhone. Their site has an easy to follow list, as well as screenshots. Definitely a must-view page for anyone using the iPhone (or any of the Apple products).
Here is a great video showing the various Catholic apps available for the iPhone (from 2009 so there’s new apps now, but this is a great video for new iPhone users to view). Very fun, very informative, and it’s a real person demonstrating on an actual phone. User-friendly and easy to watch.