St. Teresa of Avila - Westphalia

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

Parish Sponsored Community Meeting

The next Westphalia Community Meeting to plan the Veterans Memorial will be held on March 18 at 7:00 at the church basement. Everyone is invited to attend.

Family Fun Night at St. Teresa Church

The Knights of Columbus will host a Family Fun Night at Westphalia on Sunday evening, March 3 at 5:00 PM. This will include an All You Can Eat Taco Bar and Bingo. Free will offerings will be accepted for the Pennies for Heaven program that allows the Knights to help families in the community who have emergency needs. Everyone in the parish and community is invited to attend.

Sympathy to Hoefler Family

We extend our sympathy to the family of Joan Hoefler. Joan passed away on Feb. 5, 2019 at the Greystone Community Care Home in Iola, Ks. She was 82 years old. She was a member of St. Teresa Church and the Altar Society. She leaves her husband John and three daughters, Nancy, Esther, and Melinda. May she rest in peace. Funeral services were held on Feb. 11 with burial in St. Teresa Cemetery.

St. Teresa Book/Bible Study

A Bible Study/ Book Club will meet on the first Wed. evening of each month in the church basement at 7:00 PM. The group will study the book " The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity".   Everyone is welcome. For more info. contact Holly Ellington at 785 448-7594.

The next meeting will be on Wed. Mar. 13 at the rectory in Westphalia. Chapters 9 to 15 will be discussed.

Coming up at St. Teresa

Feb. 17 - Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM (for Mary Frank)

Feb. 20 - Wed. Mass at 8:30 AM (for Tom Highberger)
Feb. 21 - Thurs. Mass at 8:30 AM (for Anna Heurter)
                  Adoration 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Feb. 24 - Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM (for Altar Society Members, past & present)

Mar. 3  - Family Fun Night at 5:00 PM

Mar. 6  - Ash Wednesday at 7:30 PM


Appointments for Feb 17:

Servers: Riley Young, Gunner Ellington, Preston Blaufuss
Lector: Paul Falke
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory: Rebecca Teter
Eucharistic Ministers: Ron Ohl, Dave Pracht, Marilyn Brooks
Ushers: Crystal Moore, Mick Blaufuss

Appointments for Feb. 24:

Servers: Emily Rolf, Alana Mader, Ella Ervin
Lector: Alice Nolan
Cantor: Gessica Tastove
Offertory Gifts: Edna Wilper
Eucharistic Ministers: Robert & Margie Tastove, Marilyn Brooks
Ushers: Sarah Mader & Terry Schillig

Appointments for Mar. 3:

Servers: Guy Young, John H. Rolf, Eli Ervin
Lector: Paul Falke
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory: Chuck & Jean Wood
Eucharistic Ministers: Irene Tastove, Mary A. Morgan, Al Ludolph
Ushers: Frank Tastove, Mick Blaufuss



February Church Cleaners: Monica Rolf, Sarah Mader, Laurie Goracke, Pam Ludolph
February Church Laundry: Donna M. Dieker



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.

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.

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 Knights wish to thank all who participated in the K. of C. Free Throw contest. Winners went on to District on Feb. 9.

Winners are: 10 yrs. Preston Blaufuss 1st, Lydia Foltz 1st and Lizzie Ellington 2nd. 11 yrs. Andy Foltz 1st, John Rolf 2nd. 12 yrs. Gunner Ellington 1st, Emily Christiansen 1st. 13 yrs. Avery Blaufuss 1st, Emily Rolf 1st, Lili Blaufuss 2nd. 14 yrs. Olivia Christiansen 1st. 

The Knights thank everyone who brought baby items for their Baby Shower that was held during the month of January.

The K. of C. will be hosting their annual Family Fun Night on Mar. 3 at 5:00 PM. This will be a Taco Bar & Bingo Night.

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

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.

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

The A.S. dues of $10.00 are due in January. All ladies of the parish are members of the Altar Society and are asked to pay dues. (Those over 70 are exempt.)
Please pick up a list of new appointments for 2019.


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, Clarence Schillig, Regina Dieker Kay, John Caoile, Jean Frank

Shut-In List

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

Mary Frank

Bernie Pracht

John 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.