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L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with jail inmates

L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with jail inmates

Spending Christmas in jail is nothing new for Matthew Abplanalp.

Still, he said, it was heartbreaking to be apart from his teenage daughter and elderly father this holiday season.

And he is determined it will never happen again. He will enter a drug rehabilitation program when he is released in February.

“I’m not going to fail,” said Abplanalp, 46, who has been in and out of jail since he was 12.

Serving time for methamphetamine possession and driving with a suspended license, Abplanalp was among the 200 or so inmates who attended a Mass celebrated by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez at Men’s Central Jail on Friday morning.

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