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Pope St. John Paul II famously declared, "The Hour of the Laity has struck!" These are unprecedented times. Every week new challenges and opportunities confront those trying to live an authentically Catholic life. The Hour examines the 'signs of the times' to draw out practical, personal, and spiritual insights to help you grow in holiness and build the Kingdom. Hosted by Pete Burak but driven by inspiring guests, listeners can expect weekly, fast moving, and Spirit-filled conversations.
 
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Are you looking back or are you looking forward? With all that's going on with the Church in Payne County, there are, of course, reasons to look back and know our history but can looking back also be an obstacle? We think it can be and our pastors are challenging us to look ahead to the great work that lies ahead at OSU, Stillwater, and beyond.…
 
Lavinia Spirito joins The Hour to share her story of being experiencing the early days of the Charismatic Renewal, coming to the University of Michigan after growing up in Rome, learning to love authentic Christian community and mission, developing the dynamic and growing Catholic Way Bible Study, and expecting to hear the Spirit speak to and throu…
 
Deacon Tom Cabeen has served at St. Francis Xavier for the last two years. His conversion story from Jehovah's Witness to Baptist to Episcopalian to Catholic is a fascinating one. After conversion to the Catholic faith he soon began studies for the diaconate and was ordained for the Diocese of Hartford, CT. He's know a deacon of the Diocese of Tuls…
 
Summer is upon us! Covid is waning (at least in Oklahoma) and the Pastors of Payne want you to get out and about this summer and LIVE YOUR FAITH. Fr. Kerry and Fr. O'Brien talk about summer programs at their parishes and give some advice on where to go to grow in your faith.By St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Student Center
 
A lay person is any member of the faithful who is not a priest or professed religious brother or sister. What role do lay people play in the Church? A BIG ONE! On this week's "Pastors of Payne", Fr. O'Brien and Fr. Kerry talk through various Church documents on the role of the laity in the Catholic Church. Lumen Gentium (referenced in the podcast) …
 
Peter Herbeck is back to talk about Jesus! While unpacking 1 Peter, Peter and Pete (three Pete?) discuss the primacy of Jesus, why others try to diminish him, the fundamental need for faith, and our response to false teachers. Then Pete shares some thoughts on hunger. Renewal Ministries Pentecost Mission Spirit-filled Leaders Intensive Course Music…
 
Beginning in December 2020, Jacob Farni began as Children's Minister at St. Francis Xavier. Originally from Elk City, OK, Jacob works with families to help them encounter Jesus Christ at home and at church. This conversation revolves around ministry to children and how best to preach the Gospel to families.…
 
Fr. Kerry gives an update on the St. John Catholic Student Center Building Project and talks about the upcoming Lenten Parish Mission at St. John's. More on the building project https://buildingsaints.com The Fathers of Mercy https://fathersofmercy.comBy St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Student Center
 
This is a DEEP and inspiring episode of The Hour. Fr. John Burns joined us for the 5-Day Still Small Voice Challenge, back at the beginning of February, and we had to share his conversation with Pete. They unpack hearing God's voice (often a non-verbal communication), how we can ignore the various noises (external and internal) that threaten to dis…
 
St. Francis Xavier Director of Evangelization and Mission Stacy Humbert joined Fr. O'Brien as a special guest. They talked about evangelization, conversion, testimony, and witness. We need it all! You can read Stacy's evangelization blog at https://evangelizationconversationsfx.comBy St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Student Center
 
The nations of the world are being shaken, there's a rattling happening within the Church, and dead branches are falling! (5:33) What does this mean and how are we called to respond? Mary Bielski joins The Hour to discuss what she sees the Lord doing in and through the Church right now (11:17), what it means to be on the messy journey to sanctity (…
 
This week, Father Kerry and Father O'Brien talk about the great things happening in the Catholic Church both locally and nationally. A few links: FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)- https://www.focus.org Bible in a Year Podcast- https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bible-in-a-year-with-fr-mike-schmitz/id1539568321 The Identity …
 
Quite simply, the Word is cracked up and two life-long friends encourage, challenge, tease, and inspire each other. Fr. Jim Rolph is back to unpack the 5 Scriptures that defined 2020 for him and Pete. Fr. Jim also shares one that the Lord has called him to meditate on for 2021. Here's the list of Scriptures, if you're the type of person who likes s…
 
With Lent 2021 on the horizon, our priests help us get ready for this holy season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in preparation for Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. A few links: CatholicPokes.com SFXStillwater.org The Bible in a Year Podcast- https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bible-in-a-year-with-fr-mike-schmitz/id1539568321…
 
How does a woman go from raised Catholic to agnostic to college missionary? Meet Olivia Gonzalez, OSU FOCUS Missionary (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)! Her story can help us all minister better to friends and family. The key in inviting! Olivia was invited to Mass by a friend and it made all the difference. https://www.focus.org/missio…
 
John Bishop (FOCUS - Fellowship of Catholic University Students) joins Pete to discuss his dynamic work with college students through an initiative called Summer Projects (27:48), helping these students become saints (3:57), the lessons he learned hiking through Papua New Guinea (31:37), what the little way of evangelization means (52:23). THEN Pet…
 
Father O'Brien and Father Kerry get you ready for this weekend's Gospel (Mark 1) where Jesus calls disciples saying, "Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Our priests speak on their vocation to the priesthood and why young men and women ought to consider a call to the priesthood and religious life.…
 
Tim Glemkowski is back to discuss 2020 and how we are called to move forward in 2021. Everyone is saying "Thank God 2020 is over!" but he and Pete think there's a deeper way Christians should approach the new year. (7:01) They discuss the difference between imposed and intentional asceticism (38:15) then unpack the various 'options' being presented…
 
Joined by Diocese of Tulsa seminarian (and OSU grad) Matthew Tracy, Fr. Kerry and Fr. O'Brien talk about baptism, its importance for salvation, and the correct matter and form so it can be done correctly. If you're not yet baptized, give us a call!By St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Student Center
 
Barbara Heil brings some fire to The Hour! She and Pete discuss her initial conversion (8:14), punching a fellow believer (19:20), ministering to transvestite prostitutes during the AIDS outbreak (30:11) and how that's informing her ministry during COVID, and what's Heaven saying to the Church right now. (26:27) THEN Pete shares some thoughts on ho…
 
Understanding the 10 Commandments is an essential part of living a good moral life. Father O'Brien and Father Kerry take a look at the 2nd Commandment of the Decalogue on The Lord's Name. This follows an episode from a few weeks back on the 1st Commandment.By St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Student Center
 
For the first time, The Hour has no guest, just Pete. In an effort to help us prepare for Christmas, Pete revisits The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen to focus on the difficult but non-negotiable need for solitude. Pete ties this solitude to compassion and drops an incredible quote from Pope Francis on reaching out and touching the suffering flesh…
 
Back on December 2nd, Fr. Kerry gave a talk at Father O'Brien parish for the Saint Francis Xavier Advent Night of Renewal. In this week's podcast, Fr. Kerry gives a summary of the talk and our priests give us some advice on preparing for Christmas 2020 in a difficult time. Here's the link to Fr. Kerry's talk: https://youtu.be/d6CHvBoQm20…
 
Dr. Mary Healy joins Pete to discuss the state of biblical literacy in the Catholic Church (spoiler: it's not good) (8:23), what it was like to be named to the Pontifical Biblical Commission (3:00), the role of signs and wonders in evangelization (29:13), and what she senses the Spirit is saying to the Church right now (33:50). Then, Pete unpacks a…
 
Happy New Year! Advent 2020 is here and what a time for a fresh start. From violet vestments, to prophetic readings, to Christmas decorations starting to come out, the season of Advent is an opportunity to grow in holiness. We grow in holiness by following the Commandments so this week, Fr. Kerry and Fr. O'Brien begin a series (over the next severa…
 
Viva Cristo Rey! Long Live Christ the King! As Ordinary Time comes to an end, the Church puts before us the Solemnity of Christ the King. You'll also love Fr. Kerry's explanation of the the various parallels between earthly kings and Jesus our King. And happy birthday Father O'Brien!By St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Student Center
 
In this episode, Pete is joined by Fr. Steve Pullis, the Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship for the Archdiocese of Detroit. They remember attending classes together at Sacred Heart Seminary, then discuss what it actually means to unleash the Gospel, the seemingly small number of Catholics who would say they know Jesus, and some …
 
There are many Catholics who are away from their faith. This episode is an invitation to return! You may have been away for a variety of reasons but the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Holy Mass are waiting for you. You need the Church and the Church needs you! https://www.catholicscomehome.orgBy St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Student Center
 
Pete is joined by Danielle Brown for an honest and deep conversation about satisfying the demands of the King (23:44), racism (31:00), forgiveness (44:00), avoiding the vocabulary of the world (51:41), and what she hopes the Church is learning during these turbulent times. (47:00) THEN Pete shares a few thoughts on the current election situation ba…
 
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