St. Teresa of Avila - Westphalia

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

Mass Times Sun.
Adoration Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm

Coming up at St. Teresa

 Sept 19 - Wed Mass at 8:30 AM (for Shirley Schillig)
Sept 20 - Thurs Mass at 8:30 AM (for Butch Ludolph)
                 Adoration 9 AM - 9 PM
Sept 22 - Tom Highberger Sale (A. S. serves lunch)
Sept 23 - Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM (for Larry Nolan)
Sept 30 - CCD Class at 8:30 AM (before Mass)
               Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM



Assignments for Sept. 23:

Servers: Kate Dieker, Lily Blaufuss, Emily Rolf
Lector: Doug Dieker
Cantor: Gessica Tastove
Offertory Gifts: Austin & Crystal Moore
Eucharistic Ministers: Irene Tastove, Dave Pracht, Ron Ohl
Ushers: Margie Highberger, Mick Blaufuss

Assignments for Sept 30:

Servers: Ridge Pracht, Avery Blaufuss, Eli Ervin
Lector: Jeff True
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory Gifts: Dennis & Shirley Nolan
Eucharistic Ministers: Marilyn Brooks, LaDonna True, Mary A. Morgan
Ushers: Crystal Moore, Frank Tastove


Sept. Church Cleaners: Heather Noonan, Cara Bowen, Glenda Thweatt, JoAnn Johnson
Sept. Church Laundry: Kathy Schulte




Fr. Quentin will be at St. Teresa each Sat. afternoon from 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM to hear confessions.



Religious Ed. at St. Teresa

Religious Education Classes will begin on Sept. 30 at 8:30 AM before Mass.

Birthday Card Shower

Jack Hoefler will be 92 years old on Sept. 21. Send him a birthday card at 2620 N. Kentucky St., Iola, Ks 66749

Organist for St. Teresa

Our parish is looking for an organist. If any one knows of someone who would be willing to play the organ at Mass, please contact one of the parish council members.  Also if any one is interested in being a Lector or Eucharistic minister please let Fr. Quentin know.

CCD Classes will begin in September

CCD will begin again in September but we are registering for the new 1st Communion and Confirmation Classes now.   If you have not already registered your 7th grade or older student that will be attending the Confirmation classes in the fall, please notify the office as soon as possible so that we can prepare the needed packets.  A baptism certificate will need to be on file before your student can be registered for either of the sacramental classes (1st Communion or Confirmation).   

For more information about any CCD class, please contact Marilyn Brooks (parish DRE) or the 4 parish main office directly.  Thank you! 

St. Teresa Parish Council

2018-2019 Parish 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 info.


2018 - 2019 Officers are:

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

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

The Altar Society recently purchased and installed a new sign in front of church and two altar cloths .

The Altar Society is planning two events to help the needy this fall. Hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, deodorant etc) will be collected in October and food will be collected in November.

Ladies will again tie fleece blankets for the Mission trip to Haiti. They ask for donations of fleece in 3 foot lengths. Date and time will be announced later this month.

The fundraiser committee is making plans for an event this fall. Watch for details in bulletin and website.

The A. S. will be serving a lunch at the Tom Highberger Auction on Sept 22 at 9:30 AM. Contact Margie Tastove to help. Pies can be dropped off at the church basement that morning.

The A. S. Prayer Group - If anyone is in need of prayer please call or text Karen at 785 448-8693. The request will be passed on to members who will pray for that intention.
Also if any A. S. member wants to receive these prayer request, let Karen know.

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, 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.