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

Oct. 24 - No Mass
Oct. 25 - No Mass
                 Adoration 9:00 AM  - 9:00 PM
Oct. 27 - Trunk & Treat in front of church at 5:00 PM
                Lion's Club Soup Supper

Oct. 28 - Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM (for members of all 4 parishes)



Assignments for Oct. 28:

Servers: Avery & Lily Blaufuss, Gunner Ellington
Lector: Alice Nolan
Cantor: Evelyn Ervin
Offertory Gifts: Leah Parks
Eucharistic Ministers: Mary A. Morgan, Al Ludolph, Margie Tastove
Ushers: Mick Blaufuss, Terry Schillig

Assignments for Nov. 4:

Servers: Riley Young, Emily Rolf, Alana Mader
Lector: Jeff True
Cantor: Gessica Tastove
Offertory Bill & Ruth Pracht
Eucharistic Ministers: Irene Tastove, Larry Dieker, Ron Ohl
Ushers: Crystal Moore, Terry Schillig




Oct. Church Cleaners: Marilyn Brooks, Jan Biggs, Laci Brooks, Margie Highberger
Oct. Church Laundry: Edna Wilper



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



Card Shower for Clarence

Clarence Schillig will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Nov. 9, 2018. Let's fill his mailbox with cards that day.

Sharing you Talents

Please consider sharing your God given talents. The parish is looking for an Organist, Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. Contact Fr. Quentin or a member of the parish council to volunteer.

Congratulations on Marriage

Best Wishes to Ethan Pracht and Maryssa Lutz who were married at Scipio Church on Sat. Oct. 13.

Congratulations to Tony and Samantha Johnson who were married on Sat., Sept. 29.

May both couples be blessed with a long and happy marriage.

Westphalia Christmas Celebration

The Annual Westphalia Community Christmas Celebration will be held on Dec. 8. This will include a parade and soup supper. Everyone is invited and encouraged  to help with this event. Contact Margie Tastove or Donna Mader for more information or to volunteer to help.

St. Teresa Basement Reservations

If anyone wants to reserve the church basement for the upcoming holidays, please contact Wilma Setter.  Spaces are filling up quickly.

R.C.I.A. Class with Fr. Quentin

Fr. Quentin will be teaching a class for anyone who wants to join the Church beginning on Oct. 7th at 5 PM. This is also for those interested in learning more about our faith.  Contact the office at Burlington or Father directly to get on the list.

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 



Parishioners are invited to fast, pray and say a novena for the Religious Ed students and Confirmation Class. There will be a basket, with the students names, at the entry of church.

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.

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.


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

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. They also bought 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 yard lengths. Date and time will be announced later this month.

The fundraiser committee is making plans for a Trunk and Treat on October 27 at 5:00 PM. This will be located in front of the church. Contact Emily Brooks or Sarah Mader for more details.

The A. S. wishes to thank all who worked the Tom Highberger sale and also those who donated pies.

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, Sandy Kraus,  Tom Dieker, Fr. Ken Kelly, Laramie Davis, Patty Spencer, Shirley Nolan, Clarence Schillig

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.