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Our location and hours:

532 North Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245
Phone: 319-337-6893
Fax: 319-354-3254
info@catholicbookiowa.com

Please call for extended seasonal business hours

The Mustard Seed, Inc. Catholic Books and Gifts can be found on the corner of North Dodge Street and Church Street in Iowa City, just a short walk from the pedestrian mall shopping district and downtown Iowa City.


Why visit The Mustard Seed, Inc. when there are so many online retailers?

At the Mustard Seed, we recognize the power and importance of the internet in spreading the Truth. However, we also firmly believe in the necessity of face-to-face fellowship, and in the movement of the Spirit in our lives through the people we meet. Being able to read a description or browse a few pages online is not always sufficient compared to having the luxury of browsing and reading through books at your leisure in-store. Most importantly, we believe that the concern for the soul of our fellow man strongly influences the personal care and attention we are able to give to our customers with questions, helping them to find items that may fill their needs and nourish their souls in ways they had not anticipated.

The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, the Church celebrates Eastertide

Eastertide is the time of new life. Our Savior's in the first place, living for ever a life which belongs no more to the earth and which one day we shall share with Him in heaven. And then our own lives -- from Christ to us -- for we have more than the assurance of rejoining Him; snatched by Him from the power of the devil we belong to Him as His by right of conquest and we share His life.

The moral requirements of the new life are recalled throughout Eastertide. They are governed by the principle enunciated by St. Paul that, risen with Christ, the Christian must raise his desires to heaven, detach himself from earthly pleasures in order to love those of heaven. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to complete the formation in the baptized of the "new man" who, by the holiness of his life, bears witness to Christ crucified.

The Fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or better as one "great Sunday." These above all others are the days for the singing of the Alleluia.

On the fortieth day after Easter, the Ascension is celebrated, except in places where, not being a holy day of obligation, it has been transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. This solemnity directs our attention to Christ, who ascended into heaven before the eyes of his disciples, who is now seated at the right hand of the Father, invested with royal power, who is there to prepare a place for us in the kingdom of heaven; and who is destined to come again at the end of time. The weekdays after the Ascension until the Saturday before Pentecost inclusive are a preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

This sacred season of fifty days comes to an end on Pentecost Sunday, which commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, the beginnings of the Church and its mission to every tongue and people and nation.

(Excerpted from the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and Ceremonial of Bishops)