COVID-19 Message

Updated March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020 Letter from Father Omar Update on Church/Parish Activities

March 27, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s update to pastors

Our Parish continues to be informed through our Diocese about COVID-19 mitigation strategies and is implementing the standards and recommendations set out for us.

    • Bishop Donald Kettler has made the difficult decision to suspend all public weekday and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Saint Cloud, effective immediately through Easter Monday, April 13 and now also through Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19.
    • Due to the most recent guidance from Bishop Kettler, our church building is now closed as well as our offices. We are not able to hold adoration hours at this time. Sacrament of Reconciliation is still available by appointment with the priest.
    • Please continue to participate in praying for our world. We invite you to read daily Mass readings with your household or join St. John's Abbey daily live Masses held at 5pm.
    • Mass online with our local priests is here at our site:
    • More diocesan resources for building your faith can be found at
    • All Religious Education classes will be available through distance learning as of April 1. Confirmation students will have ongoing classwork to do from home.
    • We encourage you to take advantage of this unexpected family time to grow closer to God and with each other.  This is an opportunity to spend time as a household to pray together and also find creative ways to reach out to our community.  We ask that you also 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