COLLECTION FOR FR GORDON To say thank you to Fr Gordon for his friendship and ministry, we are organising a collection for a leaving gift which will be presented at his farewell party on Friday 9th September.  If you would like to contribute towards the gift, please either hand your donation to a churchwarden or to Linda Harrison in the parish office.   GOODBYE FR GORDON As we say "Farewell" to Fr Gordon, we're going to gather in the Parish Hall for a party to remember. The theme is DISCO so take yourselves back to the fashions of the 70s and 80s, bring your biggest smile, a plate of food for the 'Bring and Share' supper and join in the Fun. The fully licensed (and reasonably priced) bar will be open.   FATHER GORDON’S INDUCTION ON MONDAY 3 OCTOBER We are anticipating that many of you will want to attend Father Gordon’s induction on Monday 3 October 2016 to be held at Christ Church, Staincliffe Hall Road, Batley WF17 7QX. The journey is about 25 miles.  With this in mind there is a form on the table at the south door for you to put your name down if you wish to attend.  Dependent on how many people sign up to go, we will then hire suitable transport for the evening and let everyone know the cost.   DEVELOPMENT EVENTS   Saturday 24 September 2016.  The Harrogate Symphony Orchestra will perform ‘Songs from the Shows’ including Pirates of Penzance, Evita, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady etc.  Tickets £12 available from the parish office. Wednesday 19 October 2016 – Autumn Lunch will be held in the Parish Hall.  Frank Flaherty is our guest speaker and his speech is entitled ‘Tales of an Irish Innkeeper’.  Frank was in charge of the Hotel Majestic for many years and is a most amusing raconteur.  Tickets £20 per person to include wine – on sale from 1 September 2016.  Saturday 12 November 2016  - Tim and Heather Rhodes GK Quiz Night will be held on at 7.30pm. Price to include fish and chip supper is £15 per person.  Tickets will be on sale from the beginning of October so do get your tables organised – maximum 8 people per table! Licensed Bar throughout the evening.   Friday 18th November 2016 – ‘An Evening with the Heritage Boys’ details of this will appear soon. Please put the date in your diary. All donations to the Development Fund should be made by cheque payable to St Wilfrid’s Harrogate PCC No 3 or by bank transfer sort code 40 52 40 acc no. 00026062   ST WILFRID’S HALL AND PARISH ROOM Thinking of having a childs party? Getting ready to celebrate a big birthday with a ‘0’ at the end? Have you considered using St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall? There are reasonable rates and we have good contacts with local businesses that can help with entertainment and catering. To check availability and to book, call Rebeca on 01423504629 during office hours or e-mail bookings@stwilfird.org  Due to the terms and conditions related to our licence, we are unable to host teenager’s parties. Sorry    A MESSAGE FROM FR GARETH My dear Friends at St. Wilfrid's, This note is my way of saying farewell to you all. With my goodbye come also my deepest and most grateful thanks for putting up with me over the past years. All of you will have a special place in my memories and in my prayers, for however many years I have left. Thank you for the gift of your trust and confidences, thank you for the gift of your laughter and, sometimes, your tears. Thank you for allowing me to serve you both pastorally and in serving the Liturgy for you in the Mass. It has all been part of the focus of my priestly life in retirement. You should also know that I have entered into a new relationship and that I shall be moving to Yeovil, Somerset, as soon as possible. The new lady in my life is called Hannah. All of my closest friends who know are prayerfully supportive of us. I hope that you, who know know via this note, will support us too, in your hearts and prayers. Saying goodbye is never easy, it's a true bereavement. You may think I've taken the easy (cowards) way out by writing this, but I want you to know that my RAF life contained more farewells that I would ever wish to repeat. Goodbyes became ever more difficult to deal with so, please understand and forgive. Please pray for me and Hannah, as we shall pray for you..................... Your friend and priest................Gareth