CHARLESTON -- The seventh annual Oktoberfest to benefit the St. Hedwig Haus of Hospitality will be held Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Center in Charleston. The event will feature games, German food, bingo, croquet, and a beer tent. All proceeds will benefit the ministry of the house.

“The house, a part of the Catholic Worker movement, is a place for women and their children to stay for a few months in order to get back on their feet and have a sustainable life once they leave the house,” said Roy Lanham, president of the St. Hedwig Board.

The Catholic Worker movement, established in New York City in 1933 by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, seeks to alleviate poverty through the “works of mercy” outlined by Jesus Christ in chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel, according to the movement’s website catholicworker.org.

“Especially by sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, and comforting the afflicted, we’re trying to make a real, sustainable difference in the community,” Lanham said.

The Newman Catholic Center is located at 500 Roosevelt Avenue, just south of the EIU campus in Charleston.

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