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Our location and hours:

532 North Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245
Phone: 319-337-6893
Fax: 319-354-3254

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.

From Ash Wednesday up to the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday, the Church observes the season of Lent.

The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter.

Through its twofold themes of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises.

(Ceremonial of Bishops 249)