The position of Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is not a voluntary one.

The Pastor must invite the person. That person must be at least 19 years of age, a practicing Catholic distinguished by their Christian life, faith and morals, have a deep respect for and devotion to the Holy Eucharist and must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. If married, the marriage must be a valid Catholic marriage. After a background check, the Archbishop must then approve the individual. Initially the person attends a three-hour diocesan training session followed by a training session in their parish. There is a formal commissioning by the Pastor during a Sunday Mass. After three years, if the Pastor and person are willing, and the need exists, the commission is simply renewed.