Prior to baptism both parents will be required to attend a short course (unless you have attended a course with us within the last two years). It explains the words, symbols, and actions that have been passed down to us in this great sacrament from the earliest days of the Church. It will give you a better understanding of what you are undertaking when your child is baptised and will help and equip you to develop your child's spiritual life.

When?  The course normally takes place every 3rd Saturday of every other month and lasts two and a half hours.

Where?  Cathedral Main Hall

Time?    12.30 to 3.30 pm (beginning with lunch)

Cost?     £10.00 per person, two weeks in advance (Bank of Scotland, Acc. No. 00759738; Sort Code: 80-05-17; Ref.: Baptism Prep.)


Baptisms are celebrated on Saturdays at 12.30 pm.

To arrange a baptism  please complete the contact form below. Please give two months notice.

Note: If you live outwith the Cathedral Parish (catchment area), you will need to request permission from your own parish priest in order to participate in this course or have your child baptised at the Cathedral. If you are not sure which of the Aberdeen parishes you belong to you can find out by visiting the parish boundaries map of the City.

Baptism Preparation Course Booking Form


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If you are not sure which Parish in Aberdeen you belong to, you can find out by looking at this map which shows the parish boundaries within the City.

Baptism Preparation Courses

Dates for Baptism Preparation Courses 2020 are as follows:

Saturday 18th January (Closing date to apply for course, 4th January)

Saturday 21st March (Closing date to apply for course, 7th March)

Saturday 23rd May (Closing date to apply for course, 9th May)

Saturday 18th July (Closing date to apply for course, 4th July)

Saturday 19th September (Closing date to apply for course, 5th September)

Saturday 21st November (Closing date to apply for course, 7th November)

Readings for Baptism

You will also find below a downloadable file which contains a wide range of readings suitable for a baptism service.

Readings for Baptism