Religious feasts and celebrations

Until the 1960s, Franco-Ontarians are fervent Catholics. In Ottawa, as elsewhere in French Canada, they frequently participate in the many feasts of the liturgical year, as well as various special celebrations organized by the Church and its organizations. Memorable images of regional anniversary masses, pilgrimages and other highlights of Catholic history are countless. They bear witness to a not-so-distant time when religious feasts and celebrations were the most important events in the life of the community.


Interior of Sainte-Anne Church during the 50th anniversary celebration, Ottawa, 1923.

Source: University of Ottawa, CRCCF, Fonds Paroisse Sainte-Anne d'Ottawa (C72), Ph131-50.

Black and white photograph of the interior of a church seen from above. The church is richly decorated. Attendance is strong.