From a reader:
I was recently listening to one of your podcaZts about St. Augustine, and became convinced of my need to make a good confession.
A quick questions: I would prefer not to confess at my own parish if possible (I have plenty of embarrassing sins and would probably lose my nerve). is it OK to call another parish and make an appt to go to confession there, eve though I am not a parishioner?
Yes, you are free to go to confession anywhere you find a confessor who is in good standing and has faculties to hear confessions. That means, normally, any regular Catholic parish church.
You can call for an appointment, or you could simply go to that parish at the regularly scheduled time.
Many people like the opportunity of a visiting priest, or going to another parish for “big” confessions. This is also why the use of the screen, or grate, is appropriate: it also helps to protect the anonymity of the penitent.