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During Saturday's groundbreaking for the newest Catholic church in Bakersfield, Dioecse of Fresno Bishop Armando X. Ochoa, left, meets with the church's pastor, Rev. Msgr. Perry Kavookjian, right. who leads the church.

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Old friends were able to meet and greet one another during the groundbreaking Saturday for Bakersfield's new Catholic church.

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Elsy Tovar, center, and other members of the Garces Memorial High School Steel Dreams Band perform at the groundbreaking ceremony Saturday.

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Rev. Monsignor Michael Braun, center, talks with Msgr. Craig Harrison, left, and Msgr. Ronald Swett, right, at the groundbreaking ceremony Saturday in Bakersfield for the Catholic church that will be built soon.

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Diocese of Fresno Bishop Armando X. Ochoa walks into the tent where Saturday's groundbreaking ceremony was held for the coming of the newest Catholic church in Bakersfield.

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The Knights of Columbus members were on hand during the groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for the newest Catholic church to be built soon in Bakersfield. It will be called St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

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Diocese of Fresno Bishop Armando X. Ochoa with members of the Knights of Columbus at the groundbreaking of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in 2013. The 2010 death of Bishop John Steinbock, Ochoa's predecessor, slowed construction of the church, which opens for Masses April 25.

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The faithful came out Saturday for the groundbreaking of the newest Catholic church to be built soon in Bakersfield at Old Farm and Reina roads.

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The groundbreaking for the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in January 2014.

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Rev. Msgr. Perry Kavookjian speaks to a large crowd Saturday at the groundbreaking of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in northwest Bakersfield. He is pastor of the church.

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Many more turned out than expected at the groundbreaking Saturday for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in northwest Bakersfield.

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Rev. Msgr. Perry Kavookjian, right, greets guests at the groundbreaking for their new Catholic church in Bakersfield on Saturday.

Parishoners and priests gathered Saturday afternoon for a groundbreaking ceremony for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at Old Farm and Reina roads.

Diocese of Fresno Bishop Armando X. Ochoa presided at the event. The pastor is Rev. Msgr. Perry Kavookjian.

Phase one of the parish building project is slated to be finished in December. The second phase will include building a 1,500-seat church.

The parish started in April 2008 with 200 registered families, and currently has 1,000 registered families, with more people participating in services and ministries, according to a statement from the church.