Mass Explained App by Dan Gonzalez


My reversion story is like countless others. I was raised
Catholic—baptism, first communion and confirmation—but my Faith never
really interested me. I attended Mass more so out of cultural obligation
than religious conviction.

When I went off to college, my faith was challenged and I was ill-equipped
to defend it. I decided to abandon Catholicism and attend a
non-denominational church. Eventually, I realized something was
missing—Jesus’ sacramental presence in the Eucharist.

This event in 1989 sparked a love affair which is as strong today as it
was then. The Mass is what brought me back into communion with the One,
Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ and I made a
promise to myself to learn as much about it as I could.

After a quarter century of intense study, I have encapsulated my findings
into an iPad app called “MassExplained.”

As the title suggests, the “MassExplained” iPad app is a multimedia
learning experience focusing on the Catholic Mass—more specifically, the
Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the Mass with which most Catholics are
familiar. It explores the roots of each section of the liturgy with its
unique prayers and gestures. Packed with scriptural references, quotes
from the Church Fathers, the Catechism and excerpts from councils and
encyclicals, the publication is scholarly yet totally approachable and
thoroughly entertaining.

In addition to the hundreds of photographs, drawings, charts and graphs
that make for a visually stunning user experience, The Mass Explained iPad
app contains several interactive elements including: slideshows; 360°
panoramas; interactive maps; 3D objects; and prayers in Hebrew, Greek,
Latin and English as well as chants and other liturgical music.

The app has received two declarations from the Church assuring that it is
free of doctrinal or moral error. The Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. It was
also reviewed by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy
(ICEL) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Several scholars, catechists, liturgical musicians, priests, nuns and lay
ministers have provided their expertise and input throughout the project.

It is my desire that this app will hopefully help people fall in love with
the Mass, the One who instituted it, and the Church He founded.

-Dan Gonzalez

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