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Saint Denis, Bishop & Martyr
& his companions, martyrs
Optional Memorial
October 9th

Calvary and the Martyrdom of St Denis
1416, Panel, 161 x 210 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Saint Denis was born in Italy and became the first bishop of Paris. He was sent to France by Pope Fabian and suffered martyrdom with two members of his clergy, Rusticus and Eleutherius.

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003


O God, who sent Saint Denis and his companions
to preach your glory to the nations
and strengthened them for their mission
with the virtue of constancy in suffering,
grant, we pray, that we may imitate them
in disdaining prosperity in this world
and in being undaunted by any trial.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

First Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:4-10
As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:13-16
"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Saint Denis Tartlets

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
2 c. (250g) flour
1 Tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
4 Tbsp (60g) butter
4 Tbsp (60g) shortening
6 Tbsp ice water


1/4 c (50g) butter
1/4 c (50g) sugar
2 egg yolks
1/4 c (50g) almonds, ground
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg white
raspberry jam
powdered sugar for dusting

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Sprinkle ice water over flour mixture until moistened. Gather dough into a ball, refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Cut out circles large enough to line 3-inch (8 cm) tartlet pans with the dough circles.

Cream the butter and sugar together until thick; beat in the 2 egg yolks, 1 at a time. Add the ground almonds, cornstarch and vanilla. Lastly fold in the stiffly whisked egg white.

Place a teaspoon of jam in the bottom of each tartlet pan and fill with the mixture. Place two narrow strips of pastry across the top. Bake in a fairly hot oven 400°F(200°C) for 15 to 20 minutes.

When cool, dust with powdered sugar.

Makes 12-15 tartlets.

(from Cooking with the Saints,2001 Ignatius Press)

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