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

July 18 - Wed Mass at 8:30 AM (for Wayne Pracht
July 19 - Thurs. Mass at 8:30 AM (for K. of C. deceased)
                Adoration 9 AM - 9 PM
July 21 - Bridal Shower for Samantha Grother at 1 PM
July 21 - Sat. Evening Mass at 5:00 PM (for Wayne Pracht)


Assignments for July 21:

Servers: Cassie Bowen, Emily Rolf, Landon Schillig
Lector: Alice Nolan
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory: Esther Ludolph
Eucharistic Ministers: LaDonna True, Larry Dieker
Ushers: Mick Blaufuss, Terry Schillig

Assignments for July 28:

Servers: Riley Young, Gunner Ellington, Eli Ervin
Lector: Paul Falke
Cantor: Gessica Tastove
Offertory: Jeremy & Katherine Ludolph
Eucharistic Ministers: Irene Tastove, Margie Tastove
Ushers: Frank Tastove, Sarah Mader


July Church Cleaners: Betty Lutz, Brenda Ludolph, Katherine Ludolph, Nancy Hess
July Church Laundry: LaDonna True 

Bridal Shower at St. Teresa

The Altar Society wishes to invite everyone to a bridal shower for Samantha Grother, bride elect of Tony Johnson. The shower will be on July 21 at 1:00 P.M. at the church basement.

Baptism at St. Teresa's Church

We welcome the newest member to our parish family. Hattie Mae Goracke was baptized at St. Teresa Church on Sat. evening, July 7. Her parents are Cody and Laurie Goracke. Hattie Mae's godparents are Heath Ohl and Lori Ohl.

God Bless America

 May we all come together as one Nation under God to celebrate our great country. May God continue to bless America!

Congratulations on 50th Anniversary

Our Best Wishes to Jim and Betty Lutz who are celebrating 50 years of marriage. May they be blessed with many more happy years together.

St. Teresa Parish Council

The parish has elected three new council members. Crystal Moore, Sarah Mader and Mick Blaufuss will join Frank Tastove, Margie Highberger and Terry Schillig on St. Teresa parish council.

Thank You to Cara Bowen, Wilma Setter and Paul Falke for all the work the past two years as council members.

Westphalia K. of C. News


Volunteers are needed to help with the beer garden at Cornfest on Sept. 22. Contact Kenton or Heath for more information.

Knight of month - Charles Dieker

Family of month - Pat Tastove

Tyler Pracht's name was drawn for the $10 prize. He was absent.

Next meeting will be on July 11 at 8:00 PM

Election of Officers was held with the following results:

Grand Knight - Frank Tastove

Financial Secretary - Heath Ohl

Deputy Grand Knight - Tom Johnson

Chancellor - John Keating

Recorder Lary Dieker

Treasurer - Robert Tastove

Advocate - Ryan Tastove

Warden - Ben Hess

Inside Guard - Colby Brownrigg

Outside Guard - Glenn Gagnon

1st Year Trustee - Tony Johnson

2nd Year Trustee - David Pracht

3rd Year Trustee - Kent Ludolph

Chaplain - Rev. Quentin Schmitz

Lecturer - Dusty Rubick

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 (D.R.E.)
Altar Society: Margie Tastove (A. S. Pres.)
Knights of Columbus: Frank Tastove (head Knight)
Cemetery: Karen True(785 448-8693)

Altar Society News

The A. S. is hosting a bridal shower for Samantha Grother on July 21 at 1:00 PM

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,  Tom Dieker, Fr. Ken Kelly, Tim Milner Family, Alex Smith, Laramie Davis, Patty Spencer

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.