St. Teresa of Avila - Westphalia

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

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

Needed: Mass Intentions for all Masses are now available at the parish. Please contact the office to have a Mass intention said

Coming up at St. Teresa

Dec. 12 - Wed. Mass at 8:30 AM (for intention of Fr. Daniel Schmitz)
Dec. 13 - Thurs. Mass at 8:30 AM (for intention of Fr. Larry Bowers)
                    Adoration 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Dec. 16 - Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM (all four parishes)
                    Children's Program after Mass
                     K. of C. Parish Breakfast

Dec. 19 - Altar Society to clean church at 4:00 P.M.
                  Reconciliation at 7:30 P.M.
Dec. 25 - Christmas Day Mass at 8:30 AM





Assignments for Dec. 16:

Servers: Emily Rolf, Lily Blaufuss, Preston Blaufuss
Lector: Paul Falke
Cantor: Gessica Tastove
Offertory Gifts: Terry Schillig
Eucharistic Ministers: Larry Dieker, Ron Ohl, Mary Ann Morgan
Ushers: Mick Blaufuss, Frank Tastove

Appointments for Dec 23:

Servers: Gunner Ellington, Alana Mader, Ella Ervin
Lector: Alice Nolan
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory: Mike & Erin Spletcher
Eucharistic Ministers: Margie & Robert Tastove, Al Ludolph
Ushers: Terry Schillig, Crystal Moore

Appointments for Dec 25 (8:30 AM)

Servers: Guy Young, John H. Rolf, Huck Young
Lector: Jeff True
Cantor: Gessica Tastove
Offertory Gifts: Robert & Margie Tastove
Eucharistic Ministers: Larry Dieker, Ron Ohl, Mary Ann Morgan
Ushers: Frank Tastove, Sarah Mader





December Church Cleaners: Donna Mader, Erin Splechter, Mika Mader, Holly Ellington
December Laundry: Irene Tastove



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



Congratulations on new grandchild

Congratulations to Michelle and David Ratliff on the arrival of a new grandchild. Ayla Jayne May was born on Dec. 3. She is the daughter of Colton and Morgan Ratliff May. Ayla has a big brother Wade to welcome her into the family. May God bless them all.

Children's Christmas Program & K.of C. Breakfast

The Religious Ed. Children invite everyone to stay in church after Mass on Dec. 16 as they present their Christmas Program. This will be followed by the Knights of Columbus parish Christmas Breakfast in the church basement. All are invited.

St. Teresa of Avila

Our patron saint is St. Teresa of Avila

Patron of: Headache sufferers and Catholic writers

Birth: March 28, 1515  and Death: October 4, 1582

Beatified: April 24, 1614 and Canonized: March 12, 1622

St. Teresa was the reformer of Carmel, mother of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns and Friars. She is the “spiritual mother” (as is engraved under her statue in the Vatican Basilica). St. Teresa is the patron of Catholic writers and was one of the first women, with Saint Catherine of Siena, to ever receive the title of Doctor of the Church (given this title in 1970).

Let nothing disturb you, nothing affright you; All things are passing, God never changes! Patient endurances attains to all things; The one who possesses God wants for no thing; God alone suffices. - St. Teresa of Avila 


Religious Ed. at St. Teresa

Religion Education Classes are being held at 8:30am before Mass. A small breakfast snack will be provided by the DRE's in the classrooms at the beginning of each class - early enough to allow for the one hour of fasting required before communion.

Please pray for the religious education students.

2018-2019 Teachers: A huge thanks to Evelyn Ervin, Rachel Rockers, Rebecca Teter, Reva Pracht, Crystal Moore, Holly Ellington, Margie Tastove, Jennifer and Mic Blaufuss for volunteering to teach this coming year.

 There will be no classes on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30 for Christmas break.

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.

The parish council is asking anyone who would like to be added to the Call List for " Bad Weather Church Cancellation" to please contact Sarah Mader.

If anyone would like to reserve the church basement for the holidays, please let Wilma Setter know as dates are filling up fast.

The Council is looking for volunteers to be lectors, eucharistic ministers, cantors or play the organ. If anyone is interested in sharing their talents, please contact a council member or Fr. Quentin.

A big thank you to Dan & Margie Highberger for their work in organizing the capital campaign at St. Teresa Church.


Westphalia K. of C. News

The Knights will be taking a free will donation at the Christmas breakfast on Dec. 16th for the ultrasound van of Lifecare Center in Ottawa.  All help and donations are appreciated.

The Knights invite the parish to the breakfast after Mass on Dec. 16. This will be served in the church basement following the children's Christmas program.

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

Election of 2019 Officers was held on Dec. 3. They are: Donna Mader- Pres., Monica Rolf - V. Pres., Mary Ann Morgan - Sec., Rachel Rockers - Treas.
A big thank you to outgoing officers Margie Tastove and Jean Wood.

The officers hosted the A.S. Christmas Party on Dec. 3. It was a wonderful evening of great food, music and fellowship. Sixteen members were present. Ladies who were over 70 years of age were recognized, thanked for their work, and presented an angel ornament. Those present were Donna Dieker, Ellen Thweatt, Esther Ludolph,Alice Nolan, Karen True and Jean Wood.
The A.S. will be helping several charities over the Christmas Season by donating money, blankets, clothing and food.
Shut ins will be remembered with a Mass and card at Christmas.

Church Cleaning for Christmas will be on Dec. 19 at 4:00 PM

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

Ladies tied 25 fleece blankets for the Haiti Mission Trip. Thanks to all who helped.  Each blanket takes 3 yards of fleece and can still be donated. Leave in entry of church. Watch bulletin for another date to tie more blankets.

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, Sandy Kraus,  Tom Dieker, Fr. Ken Kelly, Laramie Davis, Patty Spencer, Shirley Nolan, Clarence Schillig, Regina Dieker Kay, Anna Ratliff Heurter.

Shut-In List

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

Mary Frank

Bernie Pracht

John & Joan Hoefler

Sandra Kraus

Clarence Schillig


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.