Starkenburg Shrine to get a new roof

Theo Tate

Employees from Glandt Roofing Company work on a roof at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg on Nov. 9. THEO TATE PHOTO

For many years, the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg has been visited by people from all over the country.

By next year, visitors will get to see something new at the 110-year old building. The shrine will be getting a new roof.

Glandt Roofing Company and Welsch Heating and Cooling, both from St. Louis, have been working on the roof since September. The cost of the project is about $500,000.

“We rely on donations from people who come to visit,” administrative assistant Brenda Van Booven said. “Our insurance is paying for everything except the deductible, so we’re kind of excited that we’re able to get it done. We were thinking that it was going to be a $100,000 project.”

Van Booven said the shrine needed a new roof after a hailstorm struck Starkenburg on March 25.

“It needed to be replaced,” Van Booven said. “So, in a way, the hailstorm did us a favor and let the insurance pay for it instead of us paying for it.”

Van Booven said she hopes the project will be done by the end of the year.

“We’re hoping to get it done before the weather gets too bad,” Van Booven said. “We had two weeks when it kind of rained. That kind of put them behind.”

During construction, Van Booven was curious to see what the view looked like from the top of the shrine. So she decided to make the climb up the building on Oct. 10 to take pictures.

“It took me a while to get enough nerve to climb up there because I’m scared of heights,” Van Booven said.

Van Booven also attempted to take a selfie.

“One of the 90-year olds in our parish wanted me to take a selfie from up there because she said she would never make it up there,” Van Booven said. “I’m never good at selfies.”

The shrine was open in 1910. Mass is held there every second Tuesday from April to November and Pilgrimages are held on the third Sunday of May and the second Sunday of September.

Even though it was still under construction, the shrine held an outdoor wedding on Nov. 7.

“These guys (the workers) were very good because it was a mess here,” Van Booven said. “They all were working very hard. The last truck full of scaffolding left at 3:30 p.m. and the rehearsal was at 4 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 6). Then, these guys helped clean up.”


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