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Our location and hours:

Note: The store is closed until January 16, 2019. Please visit us then!

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.

After Epiphany, until Ash Wednesday, the Church celebrates in Ordinary Time.

The Paschal Mystery is so big, so deep, so vast, that we journey through this mystery for a whole year: the liturgical year. Sundays in Ordinary Time, as the official document on the liturgical year the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar states, “are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects” (43). Other liturgical seasons focus on one aspect...[the] weeks in Ordinary Time then celebrate the whole Paschal Mystery on each Sunday.

(Excerpted from What is Ordinary Time? by Kristopher W. Seaman)