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Christmas at Qayqayt, 1905

December 22, 2016

Looking picture perfect, the church at Qayqayt in 1902.

There was a salute of cannon fire at Brownsville wharf on Christmas Eve, 1905 as the Roman Catholic Bishop of New Westminster came ashore to celebrate Christmas  with a gathering of First Nations people from the lower Fraser Valley.

The Bishop was welcomed by Chief Charley before a crowd of 200 persons from Keatsy, Coquitlam, Musqueam and Langley, who


. .. .”assembled on Sunday morning for service, which was pontifical high mass, Rt. Rev. Bishop Dontenwill, O.M.I. being the celebrant, assisted by Rev. Fathers Peytavin and Wagner.”

Sunday was Christmas Eve and,

“At midnight, the birth of Christmas day was heralded by the discharge of four cannons and by midnight mass.”

Later in the day,

“Chief Charley gave a great dinner in honor of the visitors and all had a most enjoyable time.”


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