Catholic groups engage youth, lapsed followers through apps in the digital age

Catholics, having trouble remembering not to eat meat on Friday’s during Lent? There is an app for that.

In February , the Fellowship of Catholic University students launched Lentsanity , a smartphone app designed to remind the devout, and perhaps the slightly forgetful,  with an alarm to eat fish instead on Fridays.

In addition to the alarm, the app offers users a list of Lenten resources that include ways to practice their faith.

"Lent is a great opportunity for people to get into their faith, to try something for 40 days, and we wanted to provide something for people and how to do it," Jonathan Teixeira, one of the brains behind the app, told Catholic News Services.

The Lentin app joins a growing list of online applications targeted at engaging Catholics, and making  the act of repentance and forgiveness associated with the time of year.

In 2011, the Catholic Church sanctioned Confession: A Roman Catholic App , a tool designed to help guide the faithful through an “Examination of Conscience” to discover a person’s true sins before heading to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Both Lentsanity and the Confession apps come at a time when many in the church are attempting to make the Church more appealing, and accessible to those Catholics who might not be actively practicing the faith.

Another Catholic website, recently announced the evangelical group Catholics Come Home launched a site called that is geared to more frequent use of sacrament of Reconciliation.

The site provides video,  question-and-answers, and resources for people to learn more about the Catholic faith.

"Whether you frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation or you have been away from Confession for years, we are here to provide you with easy-to-read and easy-to-use resources," the web site announces.

"If we truly desire holiness in our Church and in our personal lives, there must be an effort to make Confession a regular habit again,” Tom Peterson, the president of Catholics Come home told Catholic Culture.

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