St. Teresa of Avila - Westphalia

***check the bulletin for any mass time changes***

Mass Times Sat.
5:00 pm
Adoration Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Confession Sat. 4:30 pm - 4:55pm

Coming up at St. Teresa

May 23 - Wed Mass at 8:30 AM (for Ronnie Tastove)
May 24 - Thurs Mass at 8:30 AM (for John Blaufuss)
May 26 - Sat. Evening Mass at 5:00 PM (for John & Joan Hoefler)


Assignments for May 26:

Servers: Guy Young, Gunner Ellinton, Landon Schillig
Lector: Bill Pracht
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory: Cody & Laurie Goracke
Eucharistic Ministers: Larry Dieker, Marilyn Brooks, Mary Ann Morgan
Ushers: Wilma Setter, Terry Schillig

Assignments for June 2:

Servers: Cassie Bowen, John Henry Rolf, Eli Ervin
Lector: Jeff True
Gessica Tastove
Offertory: Steve & Nancy Hess
Eucharistic Ministers: Robert & Margie Tastove, LaDonna True
Ushers: Cara Bowen, Frank Tastove




May Church Cleaners: Judy Highberger, Angie Gardner, Michelle Ratliff, Rebecca Teter
Church Laundry: Louise Ohl






Memorial Day

As we celebrate Memorial Day on May 28, we remember those who were buried at St. Teresa Cemetery this past year. They are Harold Hermann, Ronnie Tastove and Tom Highberger. May they rest in peace.

Congrats to our graduates

We congratulate our graduates. Riley Young graduated from the 8th grade and Chloe Gardner graduated from high school.

Our Sympathy to Tom Highberger Family

We extend our sympathy to the family of Tom Highberger. Tom passed away on May 11 at the age of 73. A rosary and visitation will be held at church on Wed. evening, May 16 at 7:00 PM. The funeral will be on May 17 at 10:30 AM with burial at St. Teresa Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Thank You from First Communicants

Thank You to the parish for the First Communion gifts and to the Altar Society for the reception. It was very thoughtful and much appreciated.

Cayden, Graycn, Hope and Kaelynne

Congrats on New Baby

We congratulate Cody and Laurie Goracke on the arrival of their daughter Hattie Mae. She was born on April 30, 2018. Hattie Mae has a big brother Auggie to welcome her home. Ron and Louise are her grandparents. God's Blessings to the family.

First Communion at St. Teresa's

Congratulations to our children who received the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. Caden Davis, Gracyn Ellington, Kaelynne Moore and Hope Pracht  made their First Communion on April 28. May God continue to bless them as they grow in faith.

Church Bells are Ringing Again

It is good to hear the church bells ring again at St. Teresa Church.  They had been silent for several months, but have recently been repaired.These bells have called parishioners to worship since 1885 when Wendelin Highberger donated two bells to be used in the first church. The smallest bell weighs 800# and was christened in honor of Our Lady. It is inscribed "Ave Maria.  The second bell weighs 1500# and was christened in honor of St. John. It is inscribed in Latin "Omnia Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, which means "All for the greater glory of God". Both bells bear the numbers 1885. The third bell and the largest was donated when the second church was completed in 1890 . It weighs 2750# and was christened in honor of St. Joseph. These three bells have won a special place in the hearts of St. Teresa parishioners and in the Westphalia community.

Religious Education News

A big THANK YOU to our 2017-18 Religious Ed teachers.   They were: Preschool-Kindergarten, Evelyn Ervin & Rachel Rockers; First Grade, Laurie Goracke & Marilyn Brooks; Second Grade, Crystal Moore & Rebecca Teter; Third & Fourth Grades, Mic & Jennifer Blaufuss; Jr. High & High School, Margie Tastove. 

God's Blessings to all who shared their time and talents to pass on our Catholic faith to the children.



Contacts for St. Teresa Church

News for Bulletin: Elaine Holloway or Crystal Moore. (620 363-0536 or 620 364 -3373)
Basement Rental: Wilma Setter (785 448-4988)
News for Website: Karen True (785 448-8693)
Religious Ed: Marilyn Brooks
Altar Society: Margie Tastove
Knights of Columbus: Kenton Ludolph
Cemetery: Karen True(785 448-8693)

Altar Society News

The Altar Society wishes to thank everyone who helped serve the Kraus sale on May 5 and also for the many delicious pies that were donated.

Thank You to all who donated salads and desserts for the Tom Highberger funeral lunch.

2018 Officers are Margie Tastove, President; Jean Wood, Vice President; Donna Mader, Secretary and Monica Rolf, Treasurer.

The A. S. Prayer Group - If anyone is in need of prayer please call or text 785 448-8693. The request will be passed on to members who will pray for that intention.

Please continue to save Best Choice labels for the Altar Society. They can be placed in the container in the entry of church.

In Need of Prayer

Please Remember in Prayer -  Kinsley Spletcher, Jim Nolan, Marcella Skidmore, Sandy Kraus, Gene Highberger, Tom Dieker

Shut-In List

St. Teresa Shut-in List: (Check bulletin board at church for addresses)

Mary Frank

Bernie Pracht

John & Joan Hoefler

Sandra Kraus


History of St. Teresa of Avila Parish

St. Teresa Church has been the center of spiritual life in Westphalia and surrounding community for 137 years.

In the spring of 1880, three brothers from Westphalia, Iowa (Emil, Anton and Carl Flushe) came to this area looking for a suitable location to establish a good home for German Catholics. Later that spring they returned with their families to settle in the new town of Westphalia.  The first Mass was celebrated at their home by a Carmelite priest from Scipio on April 13, 1880.Fourteen adults and several children attended the Mass. More families from Iowa arrived in June of that year.

In May of 1881, the parishioners built the first church, a 22x40 building . It was placed under the patronage of the great Spanish saint, St. Teresa of Avila and was dedicated on July 1881.  The building was used for both church services and parochial school which was taught by lay people. The first resident priest was appointed in 1883 and a rectory was built for him.

By 1888, the parish had outgrown the small church and it was decided to build a new Gothic style church.  The parishioners excavated the basement, quarried and hauled lime stone and sand and made their own bricks. When it was dedicated in April 1891, this magnificent church was rated as one of the most beautiful in the state of Kansas.

In 1965 the 75 year old church became structurally unsound and it was decided to replace it.  A new church was built on the same site. The statues from the old church were refurbished in bronze to match the style of the 60's. The 3 big bells that had been in the steeple of the old church were hung in a free standing tower. This allowed continuity between the old and the new. The present day church was dedicated on August 28, 1966.

Today there are approximately 75 families who worship at St. Teresa Church. May God continue to shower His blessings on them as He has the past 137 years.