St. Teresa of Avila - Westphalia

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

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

Congratulations and Welcome

We wish to welcome Diane Scott to St. Teresa Parish. Diane entered into communion with our parish family at the Easter Vigil. God's blessings to her as she joins us in our journey in the Catholic faith. Also congratulations to Shelby Holmes, fiancée of Aaron True, who joined the church at Sacred Heart in Emporia on Holy Saturday.

We congratulate our First Communicants  who will receive their first eucharist on April 28 at St. Teresa Church. They are Bristol Brooks, Dixon Brooks, Lukas Blaufuss and Tyler Rolf.

Damian Allen Tastove, son of Ryan & Gessica Tastove, was baptized on Palm Sunday by Fr. Quentin. Cameron Renyer and Crystal Moore are his Godparents.
May Damian and his family be blessed.

St. Teresa Book/Bible Study

The Bible Study/ Book Club will meet on Wed. May 8 at 7:00 PM in the rectory. (Chapter 2 will be discussed).The book " You're Worth It" will be read and studied. For more information or to order a free book, contact Holly Ellington at 785 448-7594.


Coming up at St. Teresa

April 25 - Thurs Mass at 8:30 AM (for Joe & Mary Wilper Family)
                    Adoration 9AM - 9PM
April 28 - Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM (For First Communion Students) 


Appointments for April 28 (First Communion):

Servers: Emily Rolf, Gunner Ellington, Ella Ervin
Lector: Jeff True
Offertory: First communicants
Eucharistic Ministers: Mary Ann Morgan, Larry Dieker, Margie Tastove
Ushers: Crystal Moore & Terry Schillig

Appointments for May 5:

Servers: Ridge Pracht, Huck Young, Hope Pracht
Lector: Doug Dieker
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory: Derek Brooks Family
Eucharist Ministers: Irene Tastove, LaDonna True, Ron Ohl
Ushers: Frank Tastove, Sarah Mader


April Church Laundry:Tammara Schillig
April Church Cleaners: Ruth Pracht, Marissa Pracht, Rachel Rockers, Sara Smith



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


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.

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

2018-2019 Parish Council members. Crystal Moore, Sarah Mader and Mick Blaufuss, Frank Tastove, Margie Highberger and Terry Schillig

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

 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

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

The K. of C. wishes to thank everyone who came to the Family Fun Night. All proceeds go to the "Pennies for Heaven" program.


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: 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.

The Altar Society will need pies for the 2 day Nolan Sale on May 3 & 4. Please sign up for donations of pies on Sheet in entry of church. Also need help to serve both days.

 The last meeting was on Mar. 4th. Diane Scott was welcomed as a new member. Committees reported that two funeral dinners were served (Jack & Joan Hoefler), several cards were sent to parishioners and will be sent to shut in's for Easter with a Mass. The sewing committee reported they had made several quilts. The A. S. has been asked to serve the Nolan sale on May 3 & 4. The robe that Father wears for Benediction has been refurbished. A reception will be served following First Communion on April 28. Church cleaning for Easter will be done on April 15 at 6:30 PM. Several more members have been added to the Prayer Chain Group.

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, 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