Tim Reilly reaches out to his mother Johanna Reilly as Father Brendan Gibson gives last rites and the Apostolic Pardon not long after she had suffered a stroke that left her in and out of consciousness. Every Sunday, Gibson visits parishioners who are sick and unable to attend mass. Reilly said he felt great relief to have his mother receive the Catholic indulgence that he believes would keep her out of purgatory. “If you get the apostolic pardon, you go straight to heaven,” Reilly said. “It puts my mind a lot at rest.” Reilly died on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Rites of Passage define our lives. They signify the progress of time as well as our citizenship in a tribe, in a culture — in life itself.
Chicago commemorates these moments in ways that reflect its diversity, but through difference, we find commonality. We are all connected through these formal and informal ceremonies that remind us how much family, love and time shape us.
- Alyssa Schukar
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