COVID-19 Message

Updated March 21, 2021


Capacity limits are lifted as of March 15. Social-distancing and masks required.

Masks are required (see letter from Father Omar July 25, 2020).

* Social distancing (6 ft) is to be strictly followed by all while on campus by those not of the same household.

* Please wear a face mask per the Governor's new order.  Ministers of Holy Communion must wear a face mask while distributing Communion.

*Holy Communion must be received in the hand.

*There will be no Breaking Bead or music books in the pews.

*Avoid touching things as much as possible.

*Bring your own hand sanitizer, please. Our supplies are limited.

*The East side door of the Church will be the only door open for entrance. The door will open 30 minutes before each Mass and ushers will escort you in the building. Be collaborative!

*We need to do it right, with civility and precaution, because public eyes will be on us!


Have you not been able to be at the church in person and want to help? Please sign up here if you would like to help out with a Mass.

March 19, 2021- Letter to Clergy from Bishop Kettler regarding Parish Festivals, gatherings, sprinkling rites, altar servers (PDF)

March 4, 2021- Guidance for Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum 2021 (PDF)

A Liturgy Preparation Guide for Lent The Sacred Paschal Triduum and Easter Time 2021 (PDF)

February 12, 2021-- Recommendation for Returning Choirs/Vocal Ensembles (PDF)

January 31, 2021-- Updated Quick Guide to COVID-19 Protocols (PDF)

January 22, 2021-- Bishop Kettler's January 22 letter to Pastors re restrictions lifted. (PDF)

Updated Parish Guidelines (PDF)

Ash Wednesday (PDF)

January 11, 2021-- Bishop Kettler's January 6 letter to Pastors re restrictions until February 1st. (PDF)

  • 2021 Blessing of Throats (PDF)
  • Returning to Choir Rehearsals (PDF)

Click here for Archived 2020 COVID-Updates


    • Sacrament of Reconciliation is still available by appointment with the priest.
    • Please continue to participate in praying for our world. We invite you and your household to read daily Mass readings, join us for live Mass at our newly scheduled times, or join St. John's Abbey daily live Masses held at 5pm. More diocesan resources for building your faith can be found at
    • Mass online with our local priest is here at our site:
    • We ask that you continue to take time to check in — by phone, email or social media — with family members, friends and neighbors, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
    • Finally, please continue in your worship through tithes and offerings. Our Parish ministries rely on your generosity even and especially at this time. Our staff is here to help you if you need anything. Please don't hesitate to ask for help.


St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 409 Central Avenue, Long Prairie, MN 56347