The Church of the Immaculate Conception, part of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. FILE PHOTO

By LINDA MOSS
moss@montclairlocal.news

In one of the first moves following the arrival its new chief, St. Teresa of Calcutta is holding its first gala in October to benefit the newly formed parish in Montclair.

The event, “Moonlight in Montclair,” will be held at the Van Vleck House & Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 7, with the parish saying, “join us for a night of socializing with fellow parishioners.” The proceeds will benefit the parish and the Music Endowment of Immaculate Conception.

St. Teresa was formed last September when the Archdiocese of Newark merged the Church of the Immaculate Conception on North Fullerton Avenue and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Pine Street, a rocky consolidation. Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s parishioners feared their house of worship would be closed as part of the merger, but it has remained open.

On July 1 the Rev.  Amilcar Benito Prado, known as Father Benny, became administrator of St. Teresa, replacing its pastor, the Rev. Joseph Scarangella.

Prado couldn’t be reached for comment on Sunday. In the parish bulletin this week, he said he will be traveling to Nicaragua this week for mission service.

It will cost $180 for a pair of tickets to the gala, and $100 for single tickets. The event will feature gourmet appetizers, a cash bar, live music, a basket raffle and entertainment by Tumbling Dice.