“I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul’s desire”- St. Patrick
Every month for over 65 years the Gibbons Family has invited the families of the loved ones who they’ve served to a memorial mass at the historic Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago. Families are notified a month in advance of the mass celebrating their loved one in the month of their actual passing. If your loved one passed away in May, you’ll receive notice every April of the mass of remembrance celebrating your loved one and all of the loved ones the Gibbons Family have made arrangements for in that month. Many people receive several notifications each year for many of their family members who have gone before them.
Thomas Gibbons and Anne Gibbons (affectionately known as Grandpa and Granny Gibbons) started this tradition to honor the families they had the honor to serve and to help the fledgling church community of St. Patrick’s which had fallen on hard times decades ago. Tom and Rita continued the tradition as the parish saw a remarkable resurgence over time. As Fr. Karl Langsdorf shares in this beautiful video highlighting the beauty and architecture of Old St. Pat’s Church, Tommy and Anne Gibbons are smiling down on their grandchildren Thomas “Tucker”, Marya, Colleen, Michael and Patrick for continuing this beautiful tradition that has brought people together for nearly 7 decades to remember and celebrate their families.