The Parishes of Our Lady of The Way has developed a thriving Music Ministry throughout its long history with the Jesuits. We have an incredibly diverse range of talents and styles to suit every mass go-er, from traditional choral services, to folk and contemporary services. Music being a large proponent of spirituality, we take very seriously our role in the Catholic liturgy, and are careful to understand the needs of our congregation from week to week, tailoring our musical input appropriately for each liturgy. All musical planners are highly skilled in discerning scripture and searching for the most appropriate musical accompaniment. Come and experience our wonderful ministry in action at any of our six weekend services.


We have many different groups servicing liturgies across the parish, and some are always open for new members. If there is a group that you would like to join below, or one that you don’t see below, please get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about joining one of our musical groups below.

Feast Day Choir

An unauditioned choir servicing our Major Feast Days in the Parish including Easter, The Feast of St Ignatius Loyola, and Christmas. The massed choir rehearses for 8 Tuesdays before the Feast day, and is conducted by our Music Minister Michael Paton. 

-       Rehearsals are Tuesdays prior to a Feast Day from 7.30-9pm in the St Mary’s Choir Loft.

Spirit Band

spirit band WYD fundraiser at STM 1

Our Parish’s resident Spirit Band, performing mostly contemporary Christian music, using a full modern folk band and choir. Participants must be between the age of 13 and 30, and willing to commit to exclusively servicing the 6pm mass at St Mary’s, North Sydney.

-       Rehearsals are every Sunday 4.30-5.50pm at St Mary’s, with mass to follow each week.



An unauditioned folk choir servicing the 5.30pm Saturday night mass at St Francis Xavier, Lavender Bay. All matter of instruments and voices are welcome to this group, this is a fun group for the first-time church musician.

-       Rehearsals are every Sunday 4.45-5.25pm at St Francis Xavier, with mass to follow each week.

children'S choir

An unauditioned choir for musical kids, keen to have a sing at our 9am Children’s liturgy at St Mary’s, North Sydney. This group is specially designed to develop the musical skills of children aged 6-12, with the aim of eventually moving them forward to the 6pm Spirit Band for a more sophisticated musical experience.

-       Rehearsals are every Sunday from 8.20-8.55am at St Mary’s, with mass to follow each week.