As a very busy Catholic homeschooling mother of six who has alot of difficulty remembering many things, the Calendar app (using alarms) has been my support in reminding me to stop for the angelus, divine mercy hour, things that I constantly forgot previously.
In my notebook app, I now keep records of all my current novenas and who I am praying for. Also, the intentions offered at Mass are now listed. My memory had gotten so bad that I would have to say in Mass, "Lord, remember all those I ought to be praying for and who I have promised to pray for, you know who they are." Though I felt God would understand, I really would have liked to have remembered ALL I promised to pray for.
I even have a note which I change weekly, called, "Priests in Focus" ~ there I write the names of the three priests I remember that week in particular in my different prayers for priests. I need this, otherwise I forget!
So I say again, it has been a real support for this weak head of mine and highly recommend this modern piece of technology for these good purposes.
So what is my favourite Catholic app?
ipieta ~ the best by far. It is not expensive, $2.99 US and for that you receive the following:
Sacred Scripture ~ the whole Bible, old and new testament.
Calendar ~ Novus Ordo and when you click on an individual day, it gives you the Gospel reading.
Prayers ~ The most comprensive list of orthodox, traditional prayers ~ they are placed under subheadings (21) and you can click on a subheading, for eg: IHS Mass ~ this will take you to the prayers for the Mass, ones like St Ambrose's prayer before Mass. Each subheading has a lovely list of prayers, so many of my old favourites and so I am able to use this section alone for my morning and evening prayers.
Doctrine/Spirituality ~ This section is set out with subheadings:
~Saints: This has a list of the saints and a biography of their lives using many orthodox sources such as Butler's Lives of the Saints.
~Q&A Catechisms: The Baltimore Catechisms.
~Spirituality: This containts many of the great Catholic classics: Introduction to the Devote Life, Imitation of Christ, True Devotion, The Dialogue, Story of a Soul, Confession of St Patrick, Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and more.
~Doctrine: St Thomas' Catechism and the Roman Catechism.
~ Ecumenical Councils: Councils Before Trent, Trent, Vatican I & II
~Summa Thologica: This subheading dedicated to St Thomas' books.
~ Papal: The encyclicals from Gregory XVI up until our current Holy Father.
~ Bible Commentaries: Haydock Bible Commentary, Catena Aurea: Matthew, Catena Aurea: Mark.
Settings ~ Where you can bookmark and other great features supporting you in getting the most out of this application.
Prayers for the Holy Father ~ Especially to be said after the Holy Rosary
(having trouble linking this one, but it comes from the Roman Missal)
Prayer for the Pope (in this link the prayer is in bold)
A Parish Priest's Prayer to Mary Most Holy (Congregation of the Clergy, 2002)
Daily Prayer for Priests (by Cardinal Cushing)
Consecration of Priests to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (the 9th prayer down on this link)