St. Teresa of Avila - Westphalia

*Check the bulletin for any Mass time changes*

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Adoration Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm

Altar Society Bridal Showers

St. Teresa Altar Society will host the following bridal card showers:

Tyler Pracht & Nicole Kruse on Aug 18 & Aug 25
Aaron True & Shelby Holmes on Sept 1 & Sept 8
Cheyanne Ratliff & Chance McGinnis on Sept 29 & Oct. 6

A table & basket for cards will be set up in the entry way of church.


Aug. 21 - Wed. Mass at 8:30 AM (for John & Joan Hoefler)
Aug. 21 - St. Teresa Book Club at 7:00 Pm in rectory
Aug. 22 - Thurs. Mass at 8:30 AM (for Joan Hoefler)
                   Adoration 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Aug. 25 - Sunday Mass at 11:00 AM (for John & Joan Hoefler)
               Bridal Card Shower for Tyler Pracht & Nicole Kruse




Appointments for Aug. 25 at 11:00 AM
Servers: Lily & Preston Blaufuss
Lector: Bill Pracht
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory: Tom & JoAnn Johnson
Eucharistic Ministers: Irene Tastove, Mary A. Morgan, Al Ludolph
Ushers: Mick Blaufuss & Robert Tastove

Appointments for Sept. 1:

Servers: Alana mader, Gracyn Ellington, Cayden Davis
Lector: Doug Dieker
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory Gifts: Al & Brenda Ludolph
Eucharistic Ministers: Margie Tastove, Marilyn Brooks, Al Ludolph
Ushers: Sarah Mader, John Keating




August Church Laundry: Kathy Schulte

August Cleaners: Jeanne Falke, Mary Pracht, Jennifer Blaufuss, Marilyn Blaufuss


Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Teresa - Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:00 PM

St. Teresa Book/Bible Study

The Bible Study/ Book Club will meet on Wed. Aug. 21 at 7:00 PM in the rectory. (Chapter 5 will be discussed).The book " You're Worth It" by Danielle Bean is being read and studied. For more information contact Holly Ellington at 785 448-7594.


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


THANK YOU to our teachers who gave of their time and talent to share their faith with our children this past year. They were Evelyn Ervin, Rachel Rockers, Rebecca Teter, Reva Pracht, Crystal Moore, Holly Ellington, Margie Tastove, Jennifer and Mic Blaufuss. A special thank you to the D.R.E. Marilyn Brooks and Emily Brooks.

Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Ministry is an outreach for all those members of our parishes that are between the ages of 18 and 30.  If you know a young adult that we can get in touch with, please contact the office and we can add them to our mailing list and outreach contacts.  If you would like to volunteer to be a part of this ministry, please contact Angela in the office.  God Bless you all!

St. Teresa Parish Council

2019 - 2020 Parish Council members:  Crystal Moore, Sarah Mader and Mick Blaufuss, John Keating, Emily Brooks, Robert Tastove.

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.

Westphalia K. of C. News

 Election of Officers was held and the 2019-2020 Officers remain the same:

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

The Westphalia Knights meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 PM

Help is still needed to help serve beer at Cornfest on Sept. 28. Contact Kenton or Heath to volunteer.

Upcoming events:

Sept. 28 - Cornfest - Knights to serve concessions




Contacts for St. Teresa Church

News for Bulletin: Contact St. Francis Office (620 364-5671)
Basement Rental: Wilma Setter (785 448-4988)
News for Website: Karen True (785 448-8693)
Religious Ed: Marilyn Brooks (D.R.E.)
Altar Society: Donna Mader (A. S. Pres.)
Knights of Columbus: Frank Tastove (head Knight)
Cemetery: Karen True(785 448-8693)

Altar Society News

Altar Society Officers for 2019 are: Donna Mader- Pres., Monica Rolf - V. Pres., Mary Ann Morgan - Sec., Rachel Rockers - Treas.

St. Teresa Altar Society is now on Facebook. Check it out and LIKE it.

The A.S. dues of $10.00 are due. All ladies of the parish are members of the Altar Society and are asked to pay dues. (Those over 70 are exempt.)

A list of Altar Sociey Appointments for 2019 is on the bulletin board in back of church.

 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.

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, Patty Spencer, Shirley Nolan, Jean Frank.

Shut-In List

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

Mary Frank

Bernie Pracht

Sandra Kraus

Clarence Schillig

Tom Dieker

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.



404 Garrison Aveue
Westphalia, KS 66093