The Trinity Episcopal Church broke ground on a new church Saturday morning. But, members of the church say this ground breaking isn't just about constructing a new church building.
"These buildings are not just about religion. They're about identity. They're about home. They're about community," says Father Christopher Colby, Trinity Episcopal Church Pastor.
"I was baptized in this church, married in this church, baptized my children and married some of my children in this church. I've been here 67 years," says Alice Russell, Trinity Episcopal Church.
After waiting for nearly two years, work will begin on a new 10 to 15 thousand square foot church in November.
"They'll be many steps for our parrish and our town to get rebuilt, but this is an important step," says Earnest Burdette, Trinity Episcopal Church Senior Warden.
It's an important step as many in Pass Christian try to regain a sense of what was by restoring places in their community that held special meaning.
"This means something to them because it means progress is being made. And even if they can't get their houses built, they can get their church built," says Lou Rizarrdi, Trinity Episcopal Church.
Church members say building back is helping Pass Christian take another step toward restoring it's sense of identity and normalcy as a community.