My parish was just recently merged with another local parish. At my former parish I was the head of the altar servers. Here at the new parish I continue my duties but in a much more limited way. This new parish of mine uses altar families in place of traditional altar servers. And it is just as it sounds like. The altar family consists of maybe the father, mother, and children. They do not wear the alb or cassock and their duties consist of the very bare minimum tasks of a server which leaves the priest and lay Eucharistic ministers to do some things that an altar server would normally do like setting and clearing off the altar.
Up till now I have never heard of this before so I question whether or not it is liturgically acceptable. I hope to someday recruit enough youth of the parish to form a large enough altar serving corp that could convince the priest to phase out these altar families all together.
Another problem I see is that after the consecration, a lay eucharistic minister goes to remove the blessed sacrament from the tabernacle to bring to the altar. They also repose it after communion. After communion they also immediately take the chalices to the kitchen and proceed to purify and then clean them. At least I hope they do a good job purifying them. I know that the GIRM says that only a priest, deacon, or instituted acolyte may purify the vessels. When I brought that up with the priest he told me that in certain circumstances those requirements can be put aside. He is old, and sick. But even then, I think he could still purify the vessels, or he could relegate that task to me at the very least even though im only a server and not an acolyte
So I guess the point of this post is to ask you all what I should do. If anything at all.