We get searches on our main website for lots of places and subjects; however, two consistent searches that we get every Friday and Saturday are for Moscow and San Antonio. Now you wouldn’t necessarily put those two cities together…one the capital of the Russian Federation and the other a historical and popular tourist destination in the U.S. So why do we get so many search requests for these two cities on the weekends? Is there a connection?
It turns out that those searching for these two sites are looking for a place to attend a Catholic Mass. Moscow, of course, does not have a lot of Catholic churches since most of the churches are Russian Orthodox. So we suppose visitors to the city have a hard time finding a Catholic church. (There are several, so click here if you want to know more).
San Antonio, Texas is a different matter.
In addition to the chain of Spanish Missions, there are many Catholic churches in the Archdiocese (one of the oldest in the U.S.) so what are people looking for?
Our Google Analytics report shows that they are looking for one place in particular: The Oblate Grotto. Since San Antonio is full of places to attend Mass, why the Oblate Grotto? The Grotto does have a full-size replica of our Lady of Lourdes Grotto as well as Our Lady of Guadalupe which makes it a wonderful place to attend Mass.
So out of all the possible places in the world, these two cities rank near the top searches on weekends. Interesting, yes?